One of the most rewarding and cost-effective DIY projects is giving an old piece of furniture a new lease of life with a fresh coat of paint.Giving old furniture a freshen up using modern paint finishes will give any room a new look plus adding a few new cushions and other bits and pieces to help style the room will complement its new color scheme.
Expert tip: Good candidates for painting with textured finishes are dressers, tables, bookcases, mirror frames, and non-upholstered chairs.
Choosing the Paint Colors for Your Furniture
Perhaps the most fun, creative part of painting your own furniture is choosing just the right hue to harmonize with the color scheme of the room the piece will live in.
Keep in mind that darker colors will appear larger and might overwhelm a small room.
Brighter colors and colors that contrast sharply with the walls and other furnishings will draw attention to a piece and make it the focus of the room, while lighter colors will help a piece blend in.
A great place to start is a to have a chat with one of our in-store Bristol Paint and decorator Centre colour consultants or browsing through our thousands of paint colors. You’re bound to find the perfect colour for your project.
Preparing Surfaces for PaintingPreparing your furniture for painting is easy, just follow these few steps
Step 1: Start with a medium-grit sandpaper to remove traces of dirt and residues from polishing or wax compounds, which may cause problems for the primer or paint to stick properly.
Step 2: Repair any cracks, joints that have appeared, and nail or screw holes with a wood-patching compound. After the compound has thoroughly dried, sand it down to make it even with the surrounding surfaces.
Step 3: Using a fine-grit sandpaper or sanding block, sand the surface lightly so that there are no rough edges, or uneven spots between sections on the surface to be painted.
Then wipe the entire surface with a clean slightly damp cloth to remove any remaining traces of dust particles.
Unless you are repainting a previously painted piece, you should prime the surface with an appropriate primer, your local Bristol Paint and Decorator Center will gladly help point you in the right direction.
This is more important when bare wood has been exposed to find the grain and help the paint adhere properly, in some cases, spot priming will do but for a professional result prime the whole area that will be repainted.
Your nearest Bristol Paint and Decorator Center has a range a primers to choose from that will be perfect for your project, just ask one of our team members.
Choosing the Right PaintHigh-quality acrylic paints are easy to apply, easy to clean up after, and create a smooth finish. When painted with care, they generally require no more than one coat if you have applied a good quality primer.
The type of finish will depend on whether your painted furniture will have a purely decorative function or a practical use. If it will be for functional use then apply a second coat.
To give the surface extra protection, think about applying a gloss or semi-gloss finish that can be easily wiped clean.
How to Paint Your FurnitureThe actual painting is the simplest and easiest step in the process.
First, paint the larger, flat surfaces.
Start near a corner, but not on the very edge, and work outward, brushing with the grain.
Pro tip: Don’t overload your brush with paint. If you want a thicker coat, let the first coat dry before repainting rather than using too much paint the first time.
Continue by painting the edges and trim.
If there is too much paint on the brush when you brush up to or over an edge, some of the paint might run over, so be especially careful and wipe any drips or overflow immediately with a clean, damp cloth.
Finally, all that’s left to do is let it dry and enjoy the beautiful results!