Painting on furniture may be needed when color of the furniture becomes dull. It is not a good idea to eliminate some furniture just after losing its color. You have your hands, your mind, your wish – that’s it, you can turn the dull furniture into a new one by painting. We have planned to show you the best way to paint furniture in this article. Following the guidelines, you must be able to paint your furniture like a pro.
Best Way to Paint Furniture
Follow the step by step outlines to go ahead for the best painting work for your furniture. We will discuss how to paint for both the wood made and metal finished furniture.
Find a Suitable Place for painting
It is better to select an area where you are not that much worry about spoiling the place with color drops. Many people consider painting inside their home, but it is quite impossible to save things from paint drops. If you have a store room at your home, then you can use that for the painting purpose. If you do not have that room, garage or roof might be a good fit.
Whether it is your store room or garage room or other places that you have selected for painting, you should take some necessary steps to save the place from being painted. To do so, spread some newspapers or drop cloths.
Necessary thing (s) for the step: Newspapers or Drop Cloths
Most of the furniture comes with some sorts of hardware. It is necessary to pull off the hardware from the furniture as to ensure that this is not painted, and in addition you could have access to the tough part of the furniture to paint after removing the hardware. you should use a screwdriver to remove the hardware from the furniture.
Necessary thing (s) for the step: Screwdriver.
Use Wood Filler for Wooden Furniture
It is very common to have holes, pores, and other bumps on the surface of wooden furniture. You must fill up the holes with wood putty. Use a putty knife after using the wood putty to give a nice and plain finish on the furniture.
On the other hand, you need not do anything if the furniture is made of metal because the filling process is done with metal primer.
Necessary thing (s) for the step: Wood Filler and Putty Knife.
Sand/Scrap the Surface with Sandpaper
You cannot deny this part as without proper sanding on the furniture, you cannot have the best paint on it. There are different grits sandpaper available out thereon the market. Choose 180 grit sandpaper to sand well. This will remove the previous primer and paint coating.
Primer sticks to main wood of the furniture, so you must find the wood by rubbing away the primer coat from the furniture.
For a metal finished furniture, you will have to work more by scraping the thick coat. You must scrap until you reach the bare metal of the furniture that is made of metal.
Necessary thing (s) for the step: Sandpaper for Wooden Furniture and Scraper for Metal Furniture.
Wipe the Residue and Dirt from the Surface
After sanding or scraping, you will see a lot of dust and other residues on the surface of the furniture. You will have to wipe that with tack cloths.
Necessary thing (s) for the step: Tack Clothes.
Use Coat of Primer
Primer is the coat that relates the main surface with the paint that will be used. So it has great value, that is why you will have to prime well on the furniture as to make sure that the painting will be outstanding.
For wooden furniture, you can use usual primer as the stickiness of primer on this type of furniture is easier than that of metal finished furniture.
Buy a quality primer and use a brush or roller for priming on the surface of the furniture. It is better to give the coat of the primer with a roller or a paint sprayer. Afterwards, you should use a small brush to pass the primer to the tough portion of the furniture such as narrow edges and cones.
For metal furniture, using a usual primer is not adequate as you will have hard time sticking to the primer on the metal surface. As the bare metal is too slippery to adhesion, you will have to use those types of primer that are intended uniquely for metal use. For this purpose, the best fit is a DTM (Direct to Metal) primer which will stick to the bare metal strongly.
The complete drying of the primer coat, whether it is for wood or metal, is necessary for painting on the primer. To do so, you must allow adequate time to dry the primer. After fully cure of the primer coat, if it is necessary to use another coat, never ignore that. You will have to use more than one coat of primer if it is needed.
Necessary thing (s) for the step: Primer, Brush, Roller or Paint Sprayer
After you notice that the primer has dried completely and formed hard enough, use fine grit sandpaper to sand gently on the primed surface. Be careful while sanding as to make sure that you are not rubbing away the priming coat. If you do it accidentally, then you will have to use prime coat again which will make trouble.
Go for all the rough edges and fix those with the fine grit sandpaper. You will stop sanding once you see that there is no rough mark left on the primed surface of the furniture.
Necessary thing (s) for the step: Fine Grit Sandpaper.
Choose the perfect color for the painting. You can browse internet for better furniture’s color and choose one from there or you can visit a hardware shop and ask for a catalog of color. It is advisable that you see the color painted on real furniture as to have a real feel of the color. Sometimes a chosen color might be disgusting after painting.
For wood made furniture, you can choose latex paint or oil paint, but for metal one, you must use enamel paint.
After you buy the perfectly chosen color, you will have to go for the final part means painting. Prepare the paint according to the instructions that are generally printed on the container. You should be strict in following the guidelines for the preparation of painting as different brand and type of paints need different ways to prepare.
Now you can decide whether you will use a roller or a paint sprayer to go for the painting. A paint sprayer can usually offer better finish. Paint the furniture in relaxed mode. Never be hasty to complete the process as painting is a great art. Like priming, use a small brush to paint the unreachable corner with the roller or the paint sprayer of the furniture.
After the first coat of painting, you must give proper time to dry it perfectly. When the paint will be dried, check for the paint finish. If you feel that it needs another coat of paint, do it again. At the end, wipe the whole furniture with clothes. You can seal the furniture which is optional.
After you complete the whole painting procedure, attach the hardware with the furniture. Be careful not to remove any portion of the paint coating at the time of attaching the hardware on the furniture’s surface.
Necessary thing (s) for the step: Paint, Roller, Brush, Paint Sprayer.
While painting, be aware of the following things –
- The place where you will paint the furniture should have the facility of well ventilation.
- You should not take direct odor of the painting materials as these are harmful to our health.
- Use a face mask to avoid accidental and regular odor inhaling.
- It is better to use hand gloves for avoiding cut in hands.
You see how easy it is to paint the furniture if the color becomes dull. You just follow the steps, then surely you will be able to paint your furniture with black or white or whatever the color is. Follow the steps according to wood or metal furniture as there are some variations for the different types of furniture. We hope you will enjoy your painting for your furniture. Good luck for that.