Furniture Repair And Restoration: Repainting

Have you discovered some furniture around your home or office space that could use a small facelift? It may be tempting to go out and throw money at the situation, but if you’ve come to enjoy and love select pieces, why not give them a second wind? Paint may not seem like an obvious choice, but done correctly, it’s one of the greatest routes to furniture repair and restoration.

If you’re not ready to let go and you’re contemplating taking on a furniture refinishing project with paint – we can help.

How to refinish furniture with paint – step by step instructions

  1. Prep it
    Over the years, your beloved furniture has seen its fair share of usage. This could cause the condition of your furniture to crack, peel, and chip. In order to ensure a smooth application, you want to give it the best base possible to welcome that fresh coat of paint. You’d be surprised how far a good cleaning will go. The manner in which you prep your selected piece for paint varies depending on its current state. For example, if it has endured years of touch and finger prints, you’ll want to use a soap that can cut through oil. Repairs should take place now, sealing any minor cracks or imperfections. And of course, be sure to remove any hardware or features that you don’t want painted.
  2. Sand it
    If your furniture has a glossy finish, you’ll need to sand it. Using a medium-grit sandpaper, get rid of the gloss so your paint has a good surface to stick to. The good thing about paint is that you don’t have to sand down to the bare wood.
  3. Prime it
    Before applying primer, give your furniture a quick dusting to make sure there are no small pieces of debris. Primer can help you achieve a uniform surface should there be any discoloration.
  4. Sand it again
    This time, use fine-grit sandpaper. This may seem counterintuitive, but a light sanding between each coat of paint will ensure a more even and professional look. And remember, after you sand, give it a good dust to prep for the next coat.
  5. Paint it
    Interior latex paint with a semi-gloss finish will work best at hiding any fingerprints or imperfections. If a matte finish is the look you were going for, calling in a professional to get the job done is not a bad idea. Compared to a paint brush or roller, a spray-painting gun allows you to use the minimal amount of applications to get that perfect even finish.

As you can see, hanging on to your furniture and giving it a second chance can be a great investment. If you’re about to take on a larger project, why not get in touch with some local experts? The electrostatic painting team at Spray Finishes can help you get the most out of your furniture. Contact us today for an onsite consultation!

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