Prepare Your Space. Start by laying down drop cloths and preparing the area. Sand and Clean the Piece. Sand the surface of the piece. Paint the Piece. Apply Wax and Top Layer of Paint (Optional) Distress the Piece with Sandpaper and Steel Wool. Apply a Stain (Optional) Protect the Finished Piece with Polyurethane.
Actually, You Don’t Have to Sand Wood Furniture Before Painting It. As with any paint job, clean the surface well before beginning (and if you’re not sure which method to use, test a few in small patches before committing to the whole job).
STEP 1: Remove the existing finish from the wood . STEP 2: Dilute white paint with water if water-based or turpentine if oil-based. STEP 3: Apply the whitewash with a paintbrush. STEP 4: Let dry between coats, then sand before any additional coats. STEP 5: Seal the whitewashing with clear polyurethane.
Yes you can distress furniture paint with regular flat latex paint . It’s a budget friendly alternative. A flat latex paint is easy to sand and you can use my vinegar and water distressing technique . You can layer two colors, and create lots of the looks if you use flat latex paint .
Here are 5 Ways To Paint Furniture Without Sanding : USE A MINERAL PAINT. Mineral paint is very similar to chalk style paints in that no prep or prime is required. USE MILK PAINT + BONDING AGENT. As I already mentioned, the antique desk in this post was not prep- sanded . USE A BONDING PRIMER. USE A LIQUID SANDER /DEGLOSSER.
When You Can Skip Sanding , Deglossing and Priming If the finish on your furniture isn’t damaged or chipping, it’s flat not shiny and you aren’t painting it a drastically different color, then you may be able to just go ahead and start painting . Before painting though, do make sure the piece is clean.
A lot of folks make the mistake of sanding to either too fine of a grit or not fine enough before applying stain . Too fine and the wood won’t be able to accept the stain . Too rough and the wood will be very dark almost to the point of being black.
As it turns out, not only can you spray paint wood without sanding – you can also spray paint pressed wood/particle board (which some parts of this desk were) and even that papery cardboard panel on the back. All of it you guys. Just spray paint ALL of it. Then let it dry and do it again.
When you distress your furniture after you apply your initial coat of wax , you don’t want to wait a day or two to do so. You will have an easier time of it if you distress immediately after you paint and wax … before the paint has had a chance to thoroughly dry and begin its curing process.