There's no shortage of tutorials about painting furniture online.
And I've used a lot of them to paint dressers, console tables, chairs, mirrors, and more.
But I have found several problems with a lot of the tutorials out there—the paint eventually chips and peels or the finishes aren't smooth, to name a couple of issues.
I've had to redo several DIY furniture painting projects in the past, so I decided to compile all the mistakes I've made over the years to help you give your furnishings a makeover that will last.
Here's how to paint a piece of furniture—without making a single mistake: There are lots of tutorials out there that claim you don't need to sand. (I use this orbital sander with variable speeds.) Be careful not to gouge the surface: You're just looking to rough it up a little so the primer has something to adhere to; you're not trying to strip the surface.
There are also lots of primers and paints promising no sanding necessary. Use 80-grit if you are sanding a furnishing with an existing varnish. Use a foam brush to get into any hard-to-reach areas.
Wipe down the surface with a tack cloth to remove any residue. Don't speculate on whether it might be better to use a lint-free cloth. If you're priming laminate furniture, use Zinsser B-I-N Shellac-Base Primer. Let dry according to the instructions on the can of primer.
Finally, use a new mini foam roller to apply a thin coat of Polycrylic Protective Finish water-based protectant in gloss.You want to make sure you go over this coat very lightly with the foam roller to smooth any bubbles that can occur with the foam roller.Allow 72 hours for it to dry before using; otherwise, it can get sticky.One thing that has been on my list of DIY projects to tackle is to refinish an old piece of furniture.I used to see old furniture at thrift shops or garage sales and think “who in the world would want that in their home!” That was before I knew about blogs and Pinterest!