Best Technique for Painting Wood Furniture

What is the correct way to paint wood furniture?


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December 2, 20180 found this helpful

How to Paint Wood Furniture

Step 1
Remove any residue.

Step 2
Prime it.

Step 3
Paint it. Use 3 thin coats of latex semi gloss paint.

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December 4, 20180 found this helpful

I am visual and like pictures and videos like these:

It is a lot of work, so take your time, do it in a well ventilated area and enjoy the results!!!

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December 5, 20180 found this helpful

Members have given very good instructions (especially links) but since you just ask how to paint "wood furniture" your question leaves room for a lot of "questions" about what you are painting?


Is it a new unfinished piece or has it been painted before?
Sine this may be the case - and everyone has concentrated on repainting - I will discuss painting unfinished wood.
"However, unfinished wood usually means untreated wood, so you have to take more time to ensure it doesn't contain rough edges or nasty splinters."

  • Are you painting a large, medium or small piece of furniture? This answer will make a lot of difference in how to proceed: large? you may wish to purchase the small, cheap sanding machine; medium/small you may just want sandpaper sheets (maybe a block that holds sandpaper - something to hold on to).
  • What type of finish do you want; flat, matte, satin, semi-gloss, gloss (shiny).
  • If you're not sure whether you want a shiny or a flat finish, you may want to try flat first. You can always re-cover flat with a satin or a semi-gloss, but it's harder to go in reverse and cover the sheen.
  • There is a lot of information on the internet giving all kinds of instructions; some will be different because they are advertising for one particular paint brand. But others will be different in what type/grade of sandpaper to use and others will differ on how many coats of primer/paint you need to do.
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  • You will have to sort this out for yourself (most of the instructions are very similar). Here are some sites I like:
  • The Amish have some good points:
  • These are both interesting sites; just a little different take on how to do this job:
  • Hope someone covered your question so you can now go out and buy your supplies...
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