Some of the hottest trends now are custom paint finishes on furniture, decorative painting, and faux paint finishes. You can easily make your home a true reflection of your personality with a little paint! That old dresser will look better than ever with a new coat of color. If you’re considering transforming old furniture with a custom paint finish, then you’ll want to make sure you know these three things:
- Preparation is very important. Start with clean wood. Use a good no-suds detergent. TSP is the most popular and easily found at home improvement centers. Rinse well. Sand any peeling finishes, scratches and shine. Rinse again and allow the piece to dry. Use painter’s tape to cover any areas that you do not plan to paint. Taking time to prep your furniture before paint will save you time and trouble later.
- Use the right paint. Evaluate the needs depending on the amount of traffic or use your furniture piece will receive. You can’t go wrong with a high quality chalk paint. However, if your piece is mainly for show, a budget paint may perform just as well, especially with a coat of sealant.
- Watch your paint strokes. Follow the lines of your wood grain and never paint across the joints. Most furniture is made of an array of wood pieces. Each piece has its own grain. Paint strokes that override the movement of the wood can ruin the look of your painted furniture, making the job appear amateurish.
To learn more about this subject and many more, please contact us at Excellent American Painting & Handyman Service.