How to Paint Furniture Like a Pro

 Ever wondered how to paint furniture like a pro? With the right tools and prep work, painting furniture with professional results is a breeze!

 Ever wondered how to paint furniture like a pro? With the right tools and prep work, painting furniture with professional results is a breeze! Have you ever looked at a piece of furniture you just love but doesn’t really fit your decor anymore and wondered, how do you paint furniture like a pro? Because when you do love that furniture piece the last thing you want to do is mess it up. And it’s super frustrating to spend money on materials and time on the labor to do something only to toss it in the giveaway pile. So today I’m going to talk about how to paint furniture with professional results. Why Paint Furniture Instead of Replacing It? Well, sustainability and all is a good start. But also, good furniture costs good money. If you have a piece with good bones and a classic design there’s no reason to replace it just because you’ve changed your color scheme. Painting furniture is inexpensive and yields fantastic results when done right. And there’s something that is just plain rewarding about turning an old piece into something new. Take my old cabinet: I got this cabinet when I lived deep in the South of Texas and at the time I loved it. It sat in the open living/kitchen/dining area and became a microwave stand in the living room area. It was awkward but there was no other place to put a darn microwave. Moving it to the Houston area it got crazy dinged up. And it had a bunch of stains and whatnot because the person I lived with just doesn’t take care of things. Plus this red cabinet was this stand out piece in my home that reminded me of not so great times. But I still LOVED that cabinet but it made me sad to see it. It was time for a furniture makeover… And so even though my boxes aren’t even all unpacked, yet, I gave this sucker a fresh new look. Fresh, bold turquoise paint replaced the somewhat shabby red. The paper placed inside the glass to obscure the mess inside of the cabinet was swapped out with a simpler frosted privacy film. <— p.s. I’ll show you how to install this soon! But definitely, the best of all, the small, round knobs were replaced with brass cicada knobs. In all honesty, I don’t really care for locusts the creatures. They’re awkward and fly into you at random. And their little feet stick inside your skin when they crawl around on you. Egads. But in a weird way, I love cicadas. The sound of them reminds me of sitting in my Mimmie and Poppa’s big tree in the backyard sleepy from a day of playing outside. A few little changes = a whole new look. All of the little changes on this little cabinet make a huge impact. It’s still the cabinet I’ve always loved but it’s changed enough that it doesn’t remind me of anything but good memories. And that’s a pretty amazing thing to achieve with a few supplies and a quart of paint. And part of the reason I can enjoy this furniture makeover so much is because it looks so darn good. I know, I know… I’m tooting my own horn here but over the years I’ve really learned how to paint furniture like a pro. Do you want to see how I do it? Pluck that dusty old piece out of your collection or get after the thrift stores and let’s make that old piece gorgeously new! Gather your supplies to paint furniture like a pro: Here are all of the supplies we discuss in the post. You might already have some of these items on hand or you might not need some. For example, if your wood piece is free of any deep scratches and gouges, you won’t need wood putty or a putty knife… You’ll find all of the links conveniently located in the list here and throughout the post as mentioned in the post. Tack Cloth Drop Cloth Dust Mask Primer Spray Polyurethane Wipe-on Polyurethane Wood Putty Putty Knife Small 4″ Foam Paint Roller Small Paint Roller Form and Tray Sanding Sponges Craft Knife Dusk Mask Mouse Sander Brass Cicada Knobs Buy more paint than you think you will need. Paint jumps up in amount and cost pretty quickly. You’ve got little sample pot sizes then you jump to a quart and after that a gallon which is basically FOUR quarts. And the price from one to the next can be drastically different. But I promise it will save you hassle in the long run if you purchase more paint for the project than you think you will need. For starters it always takes more coats than you think it will. And just ask any paint mixer… if you have a quart mixed up now and a quart mixed up a few days later, they might not perfectly match. And it’s always good to hang on to some left over paint to use for touch ups. Inevitably there’s going to be a scratch or a chip that needs to be dealt with and having the paint on hand to fix it means you can keep it looking nice for years. Don’t buy crappy paint. Flat out crappy paint will give you crappy results when painting furniture. And while not difficult, painting furniture is time consuming. If you don’t want to waste your time and money, buy decent paint from the get go. You’ll need less coats meaning less work and less paint (so maybe even less money spent) used in the long run. It might seem like a good idea when you’re at the paint counter and feeling chintzy but just don’t do it. Don’t buy crappy paint. Prepare your work space: Make sure you have enough space cleared to work in. Painting furniture isn’t hard but it can get overwhelming when you realize you haven’t cleared enough space to […]

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How to Paint Furniture Like a Pro