Through time, and with tough usage, the paint on your wooden furniture may turn obviously fade and unattractive. As a result, your furniture starts to look worn and old. By nature, the wooden structure found in furniture stays intact for several years. The only maintenance it needs to receive is re-painting in order to look new. While you can pay others to do the painting job for you, you can also do-it-yourself and save some money on paying the labour.
Materials and Tools
Before starting on your DIY painting for your wooden furniture, there are certain things that you need to prepare. Of course, you would need a brush, sand paper, foam roller, wood filler knife, putty (wood filler), paint, paint-primer, sealant or lacquer (but this is option), gloves, and face mask?
Preparation for the Furniture
As part of your preparation, make sure that you choose a place that is well-ventilated, using plastic sheets or cloth in order to place your furniture on it. Also, make sure that the furniture has already been cleaned, with the uneven, pitted, and scratched areas filled with wood filler. Apply the putty, and remove excess material using a filler knife. You may also use putty in joints in order to ensure firm attachment. As the wood filler dries up, use sand paper in order to smoothen out the surfaces. Use liquid and lint free cloth to clean your furniture.
Use Paint Primer
Primer is very important in order to make the paint evenly adhere to the wood, as well as to make it longer lasting. Without the use of primer, the paint may easily peel off after a few months. For this, use your paint brush on the edges and corners, and rollers on the flat surfaces in applying the primer. At this point, the application of the primer is not yet even, but will be fixe later. After the primer dries, use sand paper to smoothen out, and clean the sawdust.
Painting and Applying Sealant
Now, your furniture is finally ready for painting. Use a foam roller on the flat surfaces, and use paint brush on the surfaces that are uneven and unreachable by roller. You can also use a paint conditioner in order to slow down drying on the paint edges. At the same time, it helps in making the paint coat even. If needed, you may want to apply a second coating of paint.
Even though the process is already one, you may also want to use sealant at this stage. It can provide protection to the furniture from scratches, adding gloss over it. Make sure that the lacquer dries out well before moving over the furniture.