How to Repaint a Piece of Furniture

How to Repaint a Piece of Furniture. Whether you’re resurrecting an old, beat-up
wooden table or giving that avocado-colored nightstand a new lease on life, a quick coat
of paint can update even the most hopeless furniture. You will need A piece of furniture in need
of repainting A well-ventilated place Some newspaper or a drop cloth A fine-grit sandpaper
Tack rag or microfiber cloth Water-based primer Water-based latex paint And a paintbrush or
foam brush A screwdriver (optional) A vacuum cleaner with a brush attachment (optional)
Some water-based varnish (optional) and a paint roller (optional). Step 1. Put the piece of furniture on some newspaper
or a drop cloth to protect your floor from paint. Make sure you’re in a well-ventilated location. Step 2. If the item has any hardware, unscrew and
remove it now. Step 3. Gently rub the surface of the furniture with
your fine-grit sandpaper to remove any grit and to help the paint adhere. Step 4. Remove any dust from the piece with a tack
rag or a damp microfiber cloth. You can also use a vacuum cleaner with a brush
attachment to remove the dust. Step 5. Apply a thin coat of primer to the entire
piece, brushing with the grain of the wood if it’s visible. If you’re going to use a bright or deep colored
paint, mix a little of it into your primer for better coverage. Step 6. Wait at least an hour or two for the primer
to dry completely. Step 7. Apply a coat of your paint over the primer,
again brushing with the grain of the wood if it’s visible. Start painting in the middle of the object,
as opposed to the outside. This will avoid paint dripping from the edges. For a very modern look, use a semi- or high-gloss
paint with a foam brush for a smooth, shiny finish Step 8. Wait for the paint to dry completely—the
longer you wait, the better, so try to let it dry overnight if you can. Step 9. If the paint still looks a little spotty,
blotchy, or uneven, give the furniture a second coat of paint. Step 10. If the furniture will be outside or is likely
to get scratched or dinged from heavy use, apply a coat of varnish. Step 11. When the paint is completely dry, put any
hardware you removed back on—or replace it with new, updated hardware—and position
your renewed piece in a place of honor. Did you know Avocado green was the designer
color of the 1960s and 1970s—there were avocado refrigerators, avocado countertops,
even avocado toilets!

42 Replies to “How to Repaint a Piece of Furniture”

  1. @6of6 I never seem to eat avocadoes quick enough, then they turn to avocado brown, or worse, black. But this is kind of off-topic. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Howcast has the right idea. If the response's here are any indication. I also agree not only is it informative. The video and recording is excellent!


  4. Ppl stop complaing about the color. Its not like they r telling u to use it goodness they r just trying to help ppl who need it

  5. Nice movie. However you should take instructions from woodprix website if you want to learn how to make it easily.

  6. If you enjoy woodworking plans, you will love woodprix. Get inspired by all the endless possibilities of furniture plans and other wood projects to build, for both indoors and outdoors.

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