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Tips For Painting Your Furniture

There are many reasons why you may want to paint your furniture; to cover up any dull marks or scratches, to add color to a room décor, to modernize a traditional item or simply because you want to pass the time.

You can paint anything from dining tables, chairs, sideboards and display units-whatever you want; and you can choose from a vast array of colors. The key is to give it a new lease of life and here is an expert guide to help you create a handmade, professional look at a fraction of the price.

What you will need:

· Sandpaper

· Water-based primer

· Water-based acrylic paint for wood

· Different sized paintbrushes (ideally a small thin one to get in between hard to reach places and a thick brush for the body of the furniture)

· Finishing glaze/wax

Before you begin…

· Choose the color wisely

Make sure you really think about the color before you go ahead with painting. You can transform the entire ambience of a room simply by choosing the right color. If you want to create a neutral/classic feel, ideal shades include white, ash, mahogany, teak and oak.

If your room is quite small, we recommend you to paint the large pieces of furniture as the same colors of the walls; and likewise, if the room is fairly large, we advise you to paint the furniture darker colors.

· Allow drying time

It shouldn’t take you too long to paint the furniture depending on the actual size of the object but you do need to allow time for the item to stand and dry.


1. Prepare the surface by sanding it down with some sand paper. You can buy around 20 sheets for less than a fiver. Make sure you take all knobs and handles off. After the surface is smooth of old/flaky paint, wipe it down and then paint a coat of primer. Let this dry before continuing.

2. Use the thicker brush to apply the acrylic paint to the furniture. Make sure you work in the same direction as the wood grain. Try not to coat the paint too thickly as it will not dry properly. You can always apply one or two more coats if need be. Choose quality brushes so none of the bristles come loose in the wet paint. Use the thin brush to paint in gaps.

3. After the paint is dry, use some very fine sandpaper to smooth the surface and then apply your second coat of paint.

4. Finish the look with a glaze or wax. It is as this point that you can add a special effect, should you so wish, such as stenciling or art work.

5. Water-based paints are kinder on the skin so if you have splashed any onto your hands, simply rinse in warm water and soap. The brushes can be cleaned the same way too, no white spirit is required.


Voila! You have a newly painted piece of furniture that looks brand new. Next time you plan on throwing out old ‘junk’, why not consider reviving it with a fresh lick of paint?

This article was provided by AHF Furniture and Carpets, the UK specialists in furniture and carpets. For high quality bedroom furniture and classic dining sets, visit the site today.

8 comments found

  1. I have never attempted to paint any furniture, but I do have a table that could use a fresh coat of paint. Your article makes it sound relatively effortless, and since I just recently retired, I’m sure I wouldn’t have any trouble fitting a project like this into my schedule. Thanks for the information.

  2. I refinished a dining room table once made of birds eye maple. Beautiful wood; however, the glaze that I used at that point, which was guaranteed not to yellow, did so. I spent several months refinishing that table and it ended up looking prestine for about 2 hours. So, this is the table that I decided needed to be painted. Thanks for your excellent instructions on how to do so.

  3. I have wanted for a while to paint some of my white furniture a more “sophisticated” colour. I will keep your tips in mind if (when) I decide to take the plunge!

  4. I have a dining-room table to paint and varnish – had no idea that sanding after the first painting coat was essential. thanks.

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