Giving your furniture a new coat of paint is one of the most rewarding and cost-effective household projects you can do yourself. A fresh coat of paint can revive an old piece of furniture and you can easily change the color to coordinate with a room’s color scheme. Any non-upholstered furniture piece will be a good candidate for painting. Some commonly repainted furniture pieces include dressers, tables, bookcases, mirror frames, and chairs.
Choosing A Color
It is important to choose the right paint hue to harmonize with the color scheme of the room the furniture resides in. There are thousands of paint colors and color combinations to choose from. If you want to draw attention to a piece and make it the focus of the room, use bright colors or colors that contrast sharply with the walls and other furnishings. If you want a more muted look, lighter colors will help a piece blend in with its surroundings.
Preparing The Furniture
You should prepare your furniture before painting it. You should start by using a medium-grit sandpaper to sand off anything that may cause adhesion problems for the primer or paint, including traces of dirt and residues from polishing or waxing compounds. Then, use a wood-patching compound to repair any cracks, joints that have expanded, and nail holes. Once the compound has dried, it should be sanded down until it is even with the surrounding wood. Wipe the entire surface with a damp, clean cloth to remove any dust and particles remaining.
Painting The Furniture
Before deciding on a type of finish for the furniture, decide whether your painted furniture will have a purely decorative function or a practical use. For furniture that will be used regularly, choose a high-quality latex paint with a protective gloss or semi-gloss finish. Start by painting the larger, flat surfaces, beginning near a corner and working outward. Let the first coat dry before starting a second layer of paint.