Ideas On Repainting Furniture

by James Bateman on October 16, 2012

repainting-furniture-1Repainting furniture is a common practice by many of us. Repainting your furniture can give it new life. You can also save money when repainting furniture yourself. The problem is that some furniture repainting jobs don’t turn out how you original expect. We will be going over some tips that should help improve the finished results of your painting job.

Remember To Sand Before Painting

Some people are not aware of how important sanding furniture before painting really is. If you don’t sand the furniture you plan to paint thoroughly then the paint that is applied may chip and fall off over time. If there is already paint on the furniture then you will need to sand it off completely before you can begin painting.

Make Sure The Furniture You Paint Is Leveled Out

Ensure that the furniture piece that you will be painting is level and not leaning. You may need to put a piece of paper or wood under one of the furniture legs to stabilize it. If the piece you are painting is moving and bobbing around you will have a much tougher time painting then you should have. This is often over looked but can make a big difference.repainting-furniture-2

How To Deal With Furniture Cracks

If the piece you are going to be painting has any cracks or holes in it you can fill these with glue. Avoid filling them with paint. The glue will be easily painted over just be sure to give it enough time to dry.

Choosing What Paint To Use

When choosing the type of paint to use in your project plan to buy quality. If you buy cheap paint you may have problems down the road. Follow the instructions on the paint can you buy. Following the instructions will give you the best results. Take time to paint slowly in order to get a full coat applied. It is also recommended to paint in layers. Let you first coat dry before applying the second coat of paint. Using layers when you paint is especially important when painting furniture pieces that have a darker color to them.

Hopefully some of the above tips will help you get on the right foot when repainting furniture. Keep in mind that repainting furniture can really save you money in the long run just be sure that you do it right the first time. You do not want to end up with a lackluster finished job.

About James Bateman

James Bateman has written 38 post in this blog.

James is a self taught expert on furniture and furniture restoration. He also has experience in furniture sales. When he is not obsessing over furniture he loves to walk his dog Max on the beach.

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Isabella53 October 24, 2012 at 6:46 pm

Some good repainting tips. I wonder if you can do this on severely damaged furniture or does painting only work for touching it up? Anyhow thanks for the info.


tom pipper smith November 13, 2012 at 1:54 pm

what if the furniture has been left outside. My uncle gave me some older furniture that looks to be antique but has some severe water damage. Can this furniture be repaired or should i just forget it?


James Bateman November 24, 2012 at 3:15 am


Severely damaged furniture will usually need repaired in a shop or done yourself if you have the skills. Painting is only good for covering up some surface damage. Of course it all depends on the furniture piece in question. Your welcome for the info, glad you liked it!


James Bateman November 24, 2012 at 3:18 am

tom pipper smith,

The furniture can be repaired in some cases, but for the most part no. Wood furniture that has consistent weather damage will usually rot or begin to fall apart. I would say that most of the time wood furniture that is left out is better to be thrown out than repairs being attempted. Hope that helps.


Lara December 17, 2012 at 3:56 pm

thanks for the information. I think this will help in furniture restoration.


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