How To Customize A Piece of Furniture
Painting an old piece of furniture can be a great way to give it a whole new look. It's a excellent way to up your painting skills and an inexpensive way to add a personal touch to any room. Plus, it's a great way to give an old piece of furniture a second life instead of sending it to the landfill. Let's look at some of the steps it takes to achieve a beautiful finished look on a small piece of furniture.
To get the absolute best results when painting your furniture piece, it's important to give it a good cleaning beforehand. Start off with dusting off the surface and using a vacuum to remove any debris. Then take a cloth or sponge dipped in a mild detergent and warm water to thoroughly clean the furniture. Once it has been wiped down, use a dry cloth to dry it off before you start painting. This will ensure your furniture is free of dirt and dust particles that could affect the quality of the paint job.
Next you want to give it a once over with your eyes checking of damages you may want to repair such as dings, dents or broken nicked pieces.
After you have looked the piece over and if necessary give it a good sanding to makeup for any repairs of fillings it may have needed or for smoothing out other surface parts. Sanding your piece of furniture will refresh the surface. Doing this step helps to remove any existing paint or stain, and make the wood look like it was just purchased if that's the look your're going for. It is also used to help prepare the surface for a new paint or stain, so you can give your furniture a totally new look.
Below I pictured is the sanding I have done on this accent table. I wanted to smooth out some of the rough areas as noted above on the top portion of the piece before the next step.
Using primer is an important step when painting furniture because it helps to create a smooth, even surface that will improve the look of the finished paint job. Primer helps the paint to adhere better, so it will last longer. Additionally, primer helps to block out previous stains and odors that may have been absorbed into the furniture, creating an even, clean surface for the paint to adhere to. If you disturb existing paint or stain on a piece of furniture it is recommended to prime it before painting. The previous color can bleed through as stain does also. So all things considered primer is an essential step for achieving a professional-looking finish on your furniture!
Next you want to think wisely when choosing a brush and roller for painting your furniture, it's important to consider the size and type of brush or roller for the project. For large areas, like dressers and tables, you'll need a larger roller you can consider foam it gives a smoother finish. For smaller, more detailed spaces, like the corners of drawers or around hardware, a smaller brush, such as an angled sash brush, this type can be very helpful. Additionally, look for brushes and rollers made of quality materials, consider natural bristle or foam, and make sure to check the label for the type of paint it is best suited for. With a small amount of research into the correct brush and roller, you’ll be sure to get great results when painting your furniture!
For this project I used a Wooster brand brush and sponge roller for the top of the piece.
Here is the finished piece all styled up.
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