Saturday, 24 January 2009 12:04

How To Paint Furniture



Have a dining room table or china cabinet that you want to paint?  Painting a piece of furniture is very similar to painting a room.  You need to make sure you do the preparation work right, chose the right paint and have the correct tools.


Tools Needed 


Paint brush, roller, sandpaper, blockout primer, satin finish paint, roller tray, drop cloth, tsp or other cleaner




Furniture should always been cleaned before being primed and painted.  Oils from hands and other contaminants will inhibit the adhesion of any coating and need to be removed prior to painting.  I recommend Easy Liquid Sander by Klean Strip or you can use Wilbond as a cleaner.  





  1. Prime the furniture with a blockout primer.  Always start painting at the top of a furniture piece.  This way, if there are any drips you will catch them as you move down the piece.  Let the primer dry for the recommended amount of time.  
  2. Sand down any rough spots in the primer finish to ensure a smooth final coat of paint.
  3. Rinse off any sanding dust with a damp wash cloth.
  4. Paint the furniture with two coats of finish coat paint.  We recommend a satin finish or gloss finish depending on how shiny you want the furniture to be.
You should always try to use an enamel finish when painting furniture.  Enamel finishes dry harder, producing a more durable surface.  You can use either a latex or oil-base enamel finish when painting furniture.
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Saturday, 28 February 2009 13:40

How To Antique Furniture

Want to make a piece of contemporary furniture look older than it really is?  Read the following article on "antiquing" or "aging" furniture.  The steps are simple to follow and almost anyone can do it.  You just need the right knowledge and the right materials.


Materials Needed


Base coat of paint, primer, stain, brush, graining tool, paint brush & roller, paint tray




  1. Sand the furniture using 180 grit sandpaper.
  2. Clean the piece of furniture using TSP (tri sodium phosphate) or another general purpose cleaner.
  3. Apply a coat of primer to the furniture using either a brush or roller.  This primer should be a bonding primer that can stick to either previously painted furniture or polyurethane.
  4. Apply a coat of your base coat color.  This color is usually a tan, brown, or mahogany color.  Most of this paint color will be covered up by your stain color, so only a bit of it will show through. 
  5. You can either dry brush (dip the brush into the stain, then pat off excess paint on a rag before applying the stain to the furniture) or use a graining tool to complete the staining step.
  6. Once the base coat and stain are applied, your furniture should have a unique antiqued look.  If you like the look of the furniture you can move onto the next step.  If not, you can always apply another coat of stain, keeping in mind that it will darken the look of the furniture and cover up more of your base coat.  If there is a major problem with a section of the furniture, such as the top of a table, you can prime over the stain and put another base coat on to start over.
  7. Apply at least two coats of polyurethane using only a brush.  Using a roller with polyurethane can cause bubbles to form in the finish.




  • Practice on something first.  Get a large piece of wood and go through all of the steps as if you were working on your piece of furniture.  This will let you see how your technique looks and if you need to make any changes to the way you apply the stain. 
Published in Painting
Sunday, 22 March 2009 21:03

How To Paint Plastic



Plastic can be painted just like any other surface.  There are various ways to go about painting plastic depending on what kind of piece you are painting.  We will list various popular plastic painting projects below and how to go about completing them.


We are going to assume that all of the following surfaces are bare plastic.  If they are painted, you can typically just paint over top of them without very much preparation.


How To Paint Plastic Switchplates


  1. Prime the surface with either a spray primer such as Krylon, or Stix primer by Insl-X.
  2. Top coat with your paint of choice.


Hints:  Try using either a mini roller or a foam brush to apply both the primer and the paint.  This will reduce the amount of brush marks you see.  Spray whenever possible if you have both the primer and the finish coat in a spray can.


If you are painting the switchplates the same color as your walls.  You can purchase a sprayer unit called a Preval or a Crown sprayer.  These units allow you to spray your wall paint through a spray unit for only 5 or 10 dollars.



How To Paint Plastic Furniture


  1. It is very important to make sure that the furniture is completely clean and dry before priming.  Use tsp (tri sodium phospate) to clean the furniture.
  2. Prime the surface with either XIM primer or Stix primer.  These are both bonding primers that are applied by brush or roller. 
  3. Apply two coats of high quality latex satin or gloss finish.  Always apply two coats of paint.  This will give you more washability and longevity.


Hints:  You can apply a coat of primer with a spray can.  However, furniture typically has hard to reach places and spray cans are notorious for drips.  To get the drips out you have to sand them down.  It is usually easier to just apply the primer and paint with a brush.

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