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Basic Furniture Painting

October 14, 2019 By Taina Laraba

· Junkin Market,Vintage Inspired,Tutorials

I am so super excited to share BASIC FURNITURE PAINTING with you today!

This is the time of year where we pay our favorite Flea Markets a last look for the year, or going to garage sales for the last of this year. Both of these are wonderful places to find treasures that you can work on this winter.

This is nothing fancy, but will give you the simplicities of furniture painting.

To begin, you'll want to lightly sand your piece of furniture.

If you have an antique piece of furniture, it only needs a light sanding.

If you have a new piece of furniture, the likelihood is that it's made of particle board with a laminate on the surface. This is a little different. You'll want to sand it a bit more to add "tooth" to the laminate.

I never prime antique furniture!

However you will need to prime your piece if it's newer furniture.

Now when you prime, or paint, it's quite simple. You want to use a chiseled brush. Dip your brush into the paint. NEVER GO BEYOND HALF YOUR BRISTOLS. Then start in a corner, really pushing the bristols into it, then sweep your brush across your piece of furniture to the center, going with the grain of the wood (one direction). Now go to the other corner, doing the same thing and then sweeping your brush into the center.

Now you'll add just a bit of paint to your brush and sweep a final coat across the section you just worked on.

This is how you paint!


You'll apply one coat of paint to your furniture and may need to apply a 2nd coat.

It's very important that you allow each coat of paint to dry thoroughly.

Latex paint is water based and the official drying time is 24 hours, despite it feeling dry to the touch.

Once your paint is thoroughly dry, you'll begin distressing.

With antique furniture, it ages in a particular manner. It ages where it gets the most use. Like around the edges of the top and on the corners of the top. The feet get a lot of wear. The rest of the pieces get's just a little wear from where decor may have been placed.

So when your distressing your piece of furniture, you'll do it in this same manner - whether an antique or new furniture.

Working with medium grit sandpaper, we'll begin distressing.

I like to start on the TOP PIECE OF FURNITURE and will begin with running my piece of sandpaper gently across one of the sides, then when I come to a corner - I give it a little more pressure to really distress that corner. After I have the top sides done, I'll take my sand paper and gently rub it across the surface - just to give it a bit of age.

At this point, you'll either have SIDES OR LEGS. If you have sides, the gently run your piece of sandpaper down them. Sand the edges with a bit more pressure on your sandpaper to give them a really aged look. If you have legs, you'll want to wrap your sandpaper around them and gently twist around the leg. If there decorative legs, gold your sandpaper in half and place in the groves and sand lightly. At the bottom of each leg, you'll want to sand them heavily because this is wear they wear naturally.

The BACK of your piece is something that you can distress or not - completely up to you.

I never distress the back of an antique because I want to keep some of the originality of it.

We're done!!! You'll paint any piece of furniture - in any color you'd like using this technique.

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