Painting your furniture can breathe new life into a room at a fraction of the cost of buying new furniture. With the right preparation, high quality paint and the just-right paint colors, a makeover of your favorite piece is within reach. Repaint a dresser, chairs, a wooden bed frame or a battered coffee table, and your favorite painted wood furniture will enjoy a colorful second life.
From the classic Simply White OC-117 to the dramatic Black Beauty 2128-10, you’ve got 3,500+ colors to choose from. You might even want to consider adding a pop of dimension to a part of your furniture–think a tabletop or dresser drawers–with Studio Finishes® Metallic Glaze (620), a metallic paint for furniture that dries quickly to a glimmering, translucent metallic lustre.
Step #1: Prepare the Surface
When it comes to repainting furniture, the surface needs to be clean, dry and ready to accept paint. Use a gentle grease remover to remove any grime, then follow with a fresh water rinse to make sure the surface is clear of any remnants of the cleaner. Use a damp sponge for a final wipe down, and let everything dry thoroughly.
After cleaning and ensuring the piece is 100% dry, it is time to sand. Using a medium sandpaper (we like 100- to 150-grit), sand down your surfaces a little—not enough to sand away the current finish entirely, but enough to give the primer a little more grit to stick to. Wipe away any dust with a slightly damp cloth, then let dry.
Make sure you repair any cracks, joints, or nail holes with a good wood-patching compound. After the compound has thoroughly dried, sand it down to make it even with the surrounding wood.
Step #2: Prime the Surface
ADVANCE® Interior Primer (790) has great adhesion for wood surfaces, providing the proper foundation for any ADVANCE finish. Plus, it can be sanded and levels well, ensuring a smooth finish and helping to mask minor imperfections. Painting furniture a darker color? Use a tinted primer as your base.