Can you paint any piece of furniture? 5 Things Nobody Tells you

03rd Jan 2022, author: AdelaTheCraftsWoman

The thing about custom painting furniture is that it’s artistic… meaning, it’s open to interpretation.

Because of this, it’s hard to know what’s allowed and what’s considered a cardinal sin when it comes to painting your chair, dresser, or even Dining Room Table

I’ve compiled a list here of 5 things that nobody tells you when you start your journey into the world of furniture painting. (your results may vary, batteries sold separately)

1. There will be dust.

There’s no way around it: sanding is a deeply unpleasant task. Take it from me. I started by using my random-orbit power sander, but it made a LOT of noise, and the HOA hated me.

But, if you’re painting something that’s already been finished or painted, sanding is essential. If you’re working inside, be sure to drape everything—everything—completely, wear a mask with a proper filter, vacuum often, and wipe your furniture with a tack cloth (not paper towels or a rag) so the dust doesn’t show up in the finished product.

In other words, I’ll say it again, sand outside.


2. Painting is not small-space friendly.

When the cold months roll around (I’m writing this in January), painting inside is tempting.  It’s do-able, but it’s tricky in a small space, everything will be covered in drop cloths and you’ll have to step around newly painted pieces and paint cans.


And, of course, the project will probably take longer than you think. Be vigilant about your set-up and keep things neat (and crack a window when you’re priming and painting). Beyond that, just know that your living space will likely be taken over for a while.


3. You need to drape more than you think.

Over-prepare, because it’s inevitable that things will get messier than you anticipated. If you live with a partner who supports and tolerates your projects (and the mess that comes with them), it can be hard to balance respecting their space and being efficient with your project.   My advice? Drape everything, and I mean ev-er-ry-thing in the space you’re working, the last thing you want is for sanding dust to get into the vent of your husband’s xbox….

True story.

4. It’s worth it to de-assemble.

If you can, take your furniture apart before you paint it: flat surfaces are easier to paint evenly and you can be sure to get every crack and corner. That said, painting a deconstructed piece will take up more space. Also, take the time to remove all hardware and tape any areas you don’t want painted.


5. Can you paint any piece of furniture?

The short answer?   Sure, you could paint your iPhone if you wanted… but that doesn’t make it a good idea.

When I source pieces, I always look for furniture that comes from specific brands that I know for a fact make high-quality stuff. I don’t make many exceptions unless the piece is brand new [keep in mind though, I’m biased because I obviously do this for a living as well].  There’s an incredible difference between bringing your vision to life, and just putting a “turd in a dress” so to speak.

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