This boring $40.00 dresser was transformed into a Tiffany Blue raving beauty in just 10 easy steps. There was a time when I painstakingly stripped, refinished, stained or painted lots of furniture. I would carefully follow a step by step process to make sure I got it just right. Then I became impatient and started rushing through the process. It's time to repent because I've got some painting projects stacking up.Admittedly, my impatience led to some 'don't look too close' paint jobs. I found just the inspiration I needed over on Room to Think. I'm printing this up like a recipe card and calling it "Repainting Painted Furniture" and sticking it in my How To card file.
Repainting painted furniture isn't as easy as it sounds. First of all, you may be dealing with someone else's poor job, or you may have to do more prep work than you'd like to do in order to get the surface up to snuff.
Here are 10 easy steps to getting it right so that you'll love your results.
- Remove hardware
- Fill in holes and cracks with wood filler
- Repair splitting veneer with glue and clamps
- Sand down all repaired surfaces and any drips from the previous paint job.
- Prime with TWO coats of Zinsser's Oil Based Primer using the small foam rollers. Sand between coats.
- Apply top coat "Pooh's Favorite Things" a Behr paint from Home Depot, again using the small foam rollers. Sand between coats.
- Mark and drill new knob holes
- Rub on Minwax Gloss Wipe-on Poly with a clean rag
- Spray paint hardware with Rustoleum's Oil Rubbed Bronze paint, let dry.
- Re-attach hardware.
See the gloriously documented complete step by step tutorial right here.
Now, when you know you did a thorough job, it makes all the hard work worth it. You will always admire that piece of furniture and if done right, it will look good for decades.