DIY furniture painting is something that most people can do – with just a little patience and planning. It’s all about preparation. It will be very rewarding to bring a much loved old piece of furniture back into service, or purchase an old bit of furniture and shock your family and friends into thinking you paid hundreds of pounds once it’s had its makeover!
Follow our step by step guide below:
Like with all painting jobs prepare thoroughly. Get all the necessary tools together before you begin. Next, get each surface to be painted ready by filling any cracks or chips, sanding for an even texture and washing to remove any debris or dirt. These are all very important tasks in the process of creating a first class finish on a piece of painted furniture.
Begin by removing any knobs or handles if required, decide on replacements and ensure they fit.
Lightly sand all surfaces and repair dents or old handle holes, clean the surface with a brush attachment then rinse with clean warm water and allow the surface to dry fully.
Add primer. Ensure you use a high quality adhesion primers as these offer a reliable bond coat to build your paint on to. Always follow the instructions on the tin. Apply the primer using a mini roller or brush. Leave to dry. Lightly sand then wipe over with a slightly damp micro fibre cloth.
You are now ready for top coats. It is best to use a solvent-based or water-based satin. Using a brush and mini roller, apply evenly, brush out and allow to dry then sand and wipe over as above. Two coats of paint will give a lasting finish. Additionally you can add a final coat of lacquer if required.
When the paint/lacquer is totally dry fit the handles back on. Job done!
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