Painting furniture with your favorite color gives it a new and fresh look that you will love. Whether it is new furniture or those that you have been using for a long time and want to give a facelift DIY furniture painting is a good idea. It will not only save you money but give you a challenge that you will need to conquer. When you finish the job the satisfaction you will feel cannot be compared to that of paying experts to do it. But furniture painting is not easy. When not done properly, the paint will soon warp.
To help you do a painting job that rivals that of professionals, here are some tips. With these you will be able to transform, any piece of furniture you want by just picking up a can and brush of paint.
Preparing the furniture’s surface perfectly
This is very important so that the paint remains in place without chipping or peeling. If the furniture is covered by a layer of old paint, use a scraper to scrape off the loose paint. To do this properly, hold the scraper parallel to the surface and apply even pressure on all parts.
The surface then needs to be sanded using a palm sander. This will serve to smoothen the surface. Start with an 80-grit sandpaper and proceed to 150-grit one. For good result follow the grain of the wood when sanding. Sand all parts that you will be painting including the crevices.
Choose the right primer
There are many options when it comes to choosing the right primer. The general tips are that you should choose a light color when the paint you intend to use is brightly colored and choose a dark colored one for a dark finish. As for the mode of application, the best choice is a primer that you can just spray on. This gives an even coat. Applying a primer is particularly very important since it covers any stains on the wood and provides the paint with something to adhere to.
The harmful effects of lead are countless. Though many industries create lead-free paints that are environmentally friendly there are some that still include lead in their paints. For your own safety and that of the environment be on the lookout for such paints. There are cheap lead detectors you can buy and easily use for this purpose.
Several coats of paint
As to how you apply the paint it will depend on how much money you can afford. You have the option of using the traditional painting brush, the more convenient roller or the more expensive paint sprayer. Each of these have their pros and cons. If using the roller, be sure to have a brush on standby as you will need this for the crevices that cannot be reached using the roller. The roller is the best option since it does not show any paint strokes and is affordable. Apply two or three thin coats of paint as desired. Be sure to allow at least six hours between the coats and sand after every coat for an even finish. When done with the final coat of paint, it is advisable to leave it to dry for 24 hours and then apply a sealant. This may be furniture wax or gloss but either way it is very important as it protects the paint. It should be allowed to dry for about 72 hours before the furniture can be put to use.