Esther Duncan

How To Paint Old Furniture

Painting wood furniture is another way of transformation of home interior. The very process of painting is quite simple. Here you need a little time and a few tools. Such activity can be a fun weekend process, when all members of the household with great interest will get down to work. Everyone can make a contribution and a desire concerning color, texture or pattern.

Materials And Preparation

1. Buy gloves and protective bandage on the face and prepare a space where the furniture will be painted. Cover the floor with the old thick cloth to avoid staining it with paint, and be sure the room is well ventilated.

2. Before painting, free from furniture from handles and all surplus equipment. Thus you will carefully treat all the hard-to-reach areas and possible cracks, eliminating unpleasant surprises if you want to change the lock, handles, or any other accessory.

3. Align the wood fibers to fill in cracks and openings by using wood filler. The consistency of it should be thick enough, but the treated coating is required to be prepared. Treat the damage with sandpaper to eliminate the remnants of a protective lacquer, then remove dust residues. Using a spatula fill the crack with wood filler, then remove the excess mixture, smoothing the surface thoroughly, and leave it to dry up completely.

4. By soft, clean cloth remove the traces after the treatment of surface of furniture. If necessary, use a special detergent and wipe the wood surface with a dry cloth.

Priming And Painting

1. For the paint to lay down easily and to keep as long as possible, use a primer. Gently with a brush apply an even layer of primer to the surface of the wood. Carefully paint the corners and hard-to-reach places. For obtaining a smooth surface use a roller. Before proceeding to the painting of furniture allow the primer to dry.

2. The original effect of the sandy surface can be achieved by fine sandpaper. After applying the primer such a technique promotes more thorough painting of a wooden surface, but first you need to properly clean it from dust and primer residues.

3. After treating the furniture with a roller adjust edges and corners with a brush. It is worth noting that the quick-paint is usually applied unevenly. The result is a sloppy strokes, and spotted area. A special conditioning spray will greatly facilitate the work: Floetrol — for latex paints and Penetrol — for oil paints, which prevents their rapid drying.

4. Use only high quality brushes. In low-quality brushes fallen villi remain painted on the surface. A good brush, though more expensive, but with proper care, will last more than one year.

The Ffinal Stage

After the primer coating and applying the first layer of paint the experts tend to paint over the surface again, but only after its drying up (not less than in 6 hours).


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