Nothing can brighten up your house like freshly painted furniture. Applying a new coat of paint is a cost-effective way to change the look and feel of a room. It's a great way to get creative with your decorating. Painting furniture is actually a fairly simple task that you can do yourself. If you are interested in DIY projects around your home, painting furniture can be a good way to start.

Preparing Furniture

You'll want to start by deciding on a paint color that complements the décor of the room. Once you choose the shade of paint you want, there are a few steps you can take to prepare your furniture. Doing so will help make sure the paint goes on smoothly and help the finished paint job look complete.

First, you will want to sand down the furniture. This is an important step because it helps make sure you are applying your paint to a smooth surface. If you do not sand down the furniture, the finished paint job may look lumpy or uneven. In addition, portions of furniture that are not sanded may be more likely to chip or peel once they are painted. Sanding down the furniture can be done efficiently with sandpaper.

After sanding the furniture, you will want to apply a paint primer. Primer offers protection to the surface of the furniture. It also creates a smooth surface for paint application. Sanding the furniture creates a surface that allows the primer to stick. Be sure to apply the primer thoroughly, even in the areas of the furniture that are hard to reach. Dab off excess primer before you move on to applying your paint.

Painting Furniture

There are many different types of brushes that can be used to paint furniture. Miniature foam rollers work well for most surfaces. These tools help you apply paint even in the small nooks and corners of your furniture. Use a miniature foam roller to apply a coat of paint and be sure to let it dry thoroughly. The paint color may alter slightly as it dries. After you see the finished color, you can decide whether to add additional coats.

Finally, you can complete the furniture painting process by applying a protective final coat. Make sure your paint is completely dry before you apply this final touch. The protective coat will seal the paint you have just applied and help keep your paint job looking fresh.