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Video:How to Paint Furniture

with Grace Denoncourt

Is your favorite table in need of some sprucing up? A fresh coat of paint can revive an older piece of furniture.See Transcript

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Transcript:How to Paint Furniture

Hi, I'm Grace Denoncourt for About.com Home. There are so many older pieces of furniture that would look great if only they weren't so beat up. Today I'm going to show you how to restore that old furniture by touching up the dings and repainting it, so it looks new again.

Tools Needed to Paint Furniture

For this project, you will need:
  • a painter's drop cloth
  • a pair of vinyl gloves
  • a few 1- to 2-inch foam brushes
  • fine grit sandpaper
  • a tack rag
  • a couple of soft work towels or rags
  • wood putty
  • a putty knife
  • water-based latex paint
  • water-based satin varnish

Prepare the Work Area

To get started, clear the area where you will be working and lay down a painter's drop cloth to avoid leaving paint marks on the floor. Also, remember to open a window or turn on a fan so there is plenty of ventilation while you work.

Repair Imperfections in the Furniture

First, you want to make sure that there aren't any dings, dents, or old nail holes in the furniture. If there are, using your putty knife and wood putty, apply a small amount of wood putty to the areas that need repaired. Feather out the edges of the wood putty around the surrounding areas of the repair. Allow the wood putty to dry.

Sand the Furniture

Although older finish can stay on the furniture, if your wood piece was previously painted, the paint needs a grittier surface to grip. We're going to give our furniture surface "teeth," so the new paint has something to grip.

To do this, take your fine grit sandpaper and lightly sand the surfaces and the edges of the area you want to paint. Pay special attention to any areas where you may have applied the wood putty.

Wipe Down the Furniture

After sanding, take one of your work rags and completely wipe off any sawdust particles on the furniture. Once the majority of the dust has been removed, go over every area of the furniture that needs painted with your tack rag. Make sure you remove every little particle with the tack rag before you start painting the wood.

Paint the Furniture

Next, using your foam brush and water-based latex paint, load your foam brush with paint, just about halfway up the brush.
Apply the paint in long, smooth, even strokes across the surface and edges of the furniture. Rotate brush strokes from left to right as you work your way across the furniture's surface. Allow the paint to dry.

When to Apply Varnish

If your furniture is going to remain indoors, you may not need to do this next step. However, if the furniture is going to be outside, or if you have a lot of traffic in your home, you will want to protect the new paint job with a protective varnish coat.

Use the Same Base of Varnish

It's important to note here that whenever you apply a varnish to a stained or painted surface of furniture, you'll want to use the same base of varnish as you used for staining or painting the furniture. Just remember--never mix oil and water.

Apply Varnish to the Furniture

With a clean foam brush, load the brush about halfway up the brush with your water-based satin varnish. Apply the varnish with the same long, smooth, even stroke pattern that you used to apply the stain. Allow the varnish to dry before touching any of the surfaces. There--looks good as new.

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