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How to Paint Furniture

How to Paint Furniture

A common “Do It Yourself” project is painting old furniture. Painting furniture is something you can do with fantastic results, but there are a few things you must be mindful of in order to get the result you want.


Pieces of furniture often have distinctive surfaces, which can result in a number of painting challenges. Different paints and primers change the appearance of furniture depending on which you choose. Consider sanding with sandpaper if you want the surface to be on the smoother side. If you are looking for a rougher look you can sand lightly or forego it altogether.

Choose Primer Wisely.

Specific kinds of paint need specific primers. Coordinate your choice of primer with the type of paint you choose to use. After applying primer, let it dry completely before painting over it, but be sure to never leave primer unpainted.

Top to Bottom.

Begin painting at the top of the piece of furniture and work downwards. Use a paintbrush or small foam roller when applying paint. Pay close attention to painting with even strokes. Even strokes will ensure there are no drip marks or blotches. Latex paint can be used over an oil-based primer, but latex paint should never be used over a coat of oil-based paint. The result: bubbles in the paint. Everywhere. Again, be mindful of your paints and primers!

If you have never painted a piece of furniture before, consider painting a small and less important piece of furniture first. This will give you great practice to perfect your paint stroke and technique.

You may also find yourself needing help with painting the house, whether interior or exterior, your friends at Dennis Moffitt Painting are here to help. Contact a DMP professional painting contractor to schedule a free consultation today!