Learn how to give that tired looking but still useful piece of furniture and new lifePainting walls is one thing, but giving an old piece of furniture a new look there are a few things you need to take into account to get a professional result
- Use a good quality primer on the surface you want to paint, to prevent stains or old darker colours from bleeding through the new paint.
- Primer must match the type of paint you have chosen Acrylic for water based and oil based for enamels.
- For the best results on furniture use a satin or semigloss finish in either an acrylic or an oil-based paint. Never leave primer unpainted for an extended period
- If you choose an acrylic paint, an acrylic primer is an excellent choice for most uses. It goes on easily and blocks most stains and it doesn’t have the odor of an oil-based primer.
- Although you can use oil-based primers with acrylic paints, you must use an oil-based primer with oil-based paints. Oil-based primers offer superior adhesion and stain blocking, but they do have a strong odour. When using oil-based primers and paints, make sure you have good room ventilation.
- When you’re painting, start at the top and work down, smoothing paint drips as you work downward.
Expert Painting Tips: Acrylic paints come in a variety of sheens, including flat, low sheen or satin, semigloss acrylic and oil-based enamel. Oil-based paint can be used for both exterior painting and interior trim work, plus it is very durable and easy to clean.