How to Paint Wood and Metal Furniture

You can rejuvenate your home in a way that can save you tons of money by painting your furniture. Consulting top-notch, reliable interior design experts, like Truss Interiors, can help you style your newly-painted furniture. Before you start thinking about where the furniture will live, you need to plan and prepare the furniture for paint. The following steps walk you through how to paint your furniture, whether it’s wood or metal.

1. Wood Furniture

  • Reduce the effect of paint fumes by painting in a well-ventilated area by opening a window, setting up a fan for air circulation, or painting outside your home.
  • Prepare the painting space and surface by placing cardboard/paper around the area.
  • Place the wood furniture on a tarp or drop cloth.
  • Use mineral spirits to clean the furniture.
  • Remove everything out of the drawers before painting.
  • Remove hinges or handles, if applicable.
  • Remove shelves and drawers to paint them separately.
  • Cover areas you don’t want to paint with painter’s tape.
  • Sand down the furniture surface.
  • When done, use a lint-free cloth to fully wipe the dust off the furniture. Please note: For safety purposes, you must always wear safety glasses and a dust mask when sanding.
  • Apply primer.
  • Apply paint. Please note: Spray painting is not as effective as brushes, rollers are useful for flat and large areas, like tabletops, and interior latex paint works best on indoor furniture.
  • Apply one or two layers of protective topcoat.

2. Metal Furniture

  • Clean the surface by scrubbing it with a wire brush, sander, or sanding sponge to remove any peeling or rust paint from the metal surface.
  • Use a damp cloth to wipe off any residue.
  • Use the steps above to prepare the painting area, air ventilation, a tarp, and so forth.
  • Disassemble furniture, if possible.
  • Apply spray paint. Primer is usually not necessary.
  • Allow it to dry for at least 24 hours.
  • Adding protective layers will help extend the life of the paint job.

When it comes to rejuvenating your home, you don’t have to spend an arm and a leg to accomplish this. Painting your furniture will go a long way than you realize. And whether you are painting outdoor or indoor furniture, the steps above apply with a few exceptions. Other than that, you will have the same preparations for wood and metal furniture, including to reduce the effect of paint fumes by painting air ventilation, prepare the painting space and surface by placing cardboard/paper around the area, place the furniture on a tarp or drop cloth, and more. Then you can proceed from there.

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