Painting can give a second life to your old furniture. Almost any piece of hard wooden furniture can be renovated this way, but unfortunately the outcome may not look the same as you imagined if doing this task incorrectly. There are some things you should know before painting your old furniture to make sure it will look better not worse than it was before.
First you need to sand the furniture. Many paint instructions says that there is no need to sand the surface before painting, but actually there always is a need to do it. There is no paint that can give smooth result without sanding. Sand all the surfaces of the furniture with 150 grit sandpaper if you have furniture without varnish or 80 grit if you are sanding a furnishing with an existing varnish. Be gentle to make sure you are not scratching the surface too much and changing the actual shape of it.
Remove all the residue. Wipe the surface with soft cloth to remove any residue and dust. Make sure there is nothing on the surface that might damage the paint. If the residue is very small and the cloth can’t collect them, you might also use a blow dryer. Only be careful to not mess your room with there residue and dust.
Then ground the surface of the furniture. Many people skip this step when painting the furniture, but that is very important. Use a foam roller for this task. If there are any hard-to-reach areas, you can also use a brush to ground them. When all the surface has been grounded, let it dry according to instructions. After that you might want to sand the surface again with 220 grit sanding to make sure there are no undulations. After sanding clean the surface with cloth again.
Paint the furniture. When all the preparation works have been done, it’s finally time for painting. Use latex paint in any color and small foam roller for painting. Again, if there are hard-to-reach areas, you can use small brush as well, but be very careful to mot paint in too thick layer. Do the painting in many layers. Paint the first layer and wait until it drys. Then check if there are no undulations. If there are sand it before painting the next layer. Do the same after the second layer as well. Finally put on the last, third layer of paint and wait until it drys.
And finally apply some gloss for protection. The better choice for the furniture would be polycrylic water based protecting gloss. It will protect the paint against many negative factors and also will give more perfect look. Apply it in one or two layers with small foam roller and make sure you do it very carefully. This is the last cover and there will be no chance to sand it if something goes wrong. If you will carefully follow the instructions your old furniture will look greater than ever before.