Tips And Tricks To Paint Old Furniture At Home

Every family has that one particular piece of furniture that has been around since forever, yet nobody is ready to let it go, because of all those random memories and the sentimental value it has. Despite is out of shape and in most cases the filthiest, that special piece of wood still holds. I remember my dad’s favorite couch played that part in our house and gave everybody bruises from time-to-time yet my dad absolutely refused to get rid of it. That’s when we decided to bring out the big guns and jazz it up a bit. I suggest you do the same and here are a few tips that’ll probably come in handy while doing so.

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1. Test, remove and smoothen

Personally, I always test the paint before going all in. It gives me the time to make up my mind about the color and also make sure if that’s the shade I want. After settling on the color, remove the loose paint from the old furniture and sand using a palm sender from top to bottom. Remember the smoother the surface, the better the finish.

2. Always use a primer

Now, I am sure majority of you guys must have had painted walls and canvases but painting an old piece of furniture is a completely different ball game. Always and I cannot stress this enough, Always use a primer before painting. It not only prevents the stains from bleeding but also gives it a better finish. Always keep in mind that the primer should match the type of paint you choose. So, you might need some assistance on that one.

3. Always work from top to bottom

I would suggest painting downwards, start from the very top and work your way towards the bottom. This way you’ll be able to smoothen all the paint drips and achieve a professional sheen and finish.

4. Apply 2-3 light coats

While painting the old furniture, make sure you apply 2-3 light coasts and give them a moment to dry out in between the applications. After that, a layer of clear polyurethane, and your old furniture painting project will end up a huge success.


That being said, just paint your heart and enjoy the whole process because that is what this project is all about. Making memories!

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