Painting Drawers
29 Jul

How to Paint Furniture

If you are thinking of painting your furniture, chances are, you’re not willing to go about it without the right knowledge. Therefore, this piece is here to do just that, provide you with the knowledge. However, what we want to look at is not a professional way of doing the furniture paint. Rather, it’s a basic guide for those who have absolutely no experience in painting furniture. We’ll take a look at whatever materials and products you’ll need to effectively paint your furniture. For good results, follow the instructions to the letter and don’t, at any point, feel that you’ve got it and need no referencing. Lots of people have permanently or temporarily caused “disgrace” to their furniture thinking that after a few steps, they no longer need the guidance. So, take your time and follow through:


What you need

The project supplies include medium grit sandpaper, fine grit sandpaper, oil soap, tack cloth, paintbrush, paint, foam roller, topcoat a paint sprayer which is optional.


The Process

Step 1: Preparation

The first thing is to prepare your furniture. Proper preparation will determine how long your furniture paint will last without peeling off or wearing out. In this step remove all the hardware on or in the furniture and remove any dust or dirt on it. Use the oil soap to do the cleaning. Drawers should be removed and worked on separately.


Step 2: Sanding

For the paint to find a good surface to stick to, all the glossy finish should be gotten off. This will be done by sanding the surface of the furniture. The tool for this is the medium-grit sandpaper.


Step 3: Prime the Surface

Once you’ve satisfactorily sanded the furniture and removed all the finishes on it, ensure that it’s dry and free from dust. Then apply some primer on it by painting. By doing this, you’re making it easy for the paint you want to use to adhere to the piece efficiently. It also covers discolourations and any stains on the furniture surface.


4. Do the Second Sanding

At this stage, you need to sand your furniture for the second time. Here, the sanding job will require the use of the fine-grit sandpaper. What you need to watch out for is do it lightly between all the coats of paint. This is great for attaining an even and a more professional-looking finish. Use the tack cloth to remove the sand dust each time you sand.


5. Do the Painting

After the priming and sanding of the piece of furniture, it’s ready for painting. You can use interior furniture paint. This should be done in a semi-gloss finish. The only one paint type to not use is that without a flat finish. This is because such will be more difficult to clean and show all the flaws and fingerprints. For easy cleaning, ensure the finish is glossy. The paint coat should be made thin. Between each coat, and the surface. Because of the different ways of painting, you can spray paint or go the regular way of using a roller or brush.


6. Apply Protection to the surface

After the application of the last coat paint, leave it for 24 hours to dry. When the 24 hours have elapsed, you can seal it. Alternatively, you can let it cure on its own for 30 days. If you choose the latter option, you should leave it alone for that number of days without touching it at all. However, by sealing, you’ll be protecting your painted furniture with an extra layer. It also makes it easy to clean and wipe-able.



These 6 steps are a basic requirement for those who want to do their own furniture painting at home. If followed correctly, the chances of ending up with a poor result are quite minimal. Use them to paint your furniture yourself right at home.