We all have those old, boring, or even damaged furniture pieces that we are tired of looking at. Instead of replacing them with newer models, you can use paint to update and freshen your furniture, and it isn’t a difficult project! Painted furniture adds color and style to a room without having to repaint the walls, and gives the furniture pieces themselves unique personality. You can paint existing furniture, or scout out the thrift shops and second hand stores for some sturdy pieces that just need a little love… Here are some easy step by steps to painting furniture, and some great inspiration. So, what are you doing this weekend?
- Fine Sandpaper
- Roller or brush (We prefer a roller for smooth surfaces, such as a tablet top)
Prepare a work area, either outdoors, or a tarp in a well ventilated area, such as a garage.
Lightly sand the furniture piece, then wipe down with a soft cloth.
Apply a coat of primer. Let dry as recommended on can. Repeat if necessary.
Allow the primer to dry thoroughly, then lightly sand again, and wipe off with cloth. Roll or brush on your chosen paint color. Let dry. Repeat.
Thats it! There are numerous special paint treatments and looks, and below we’ve tried to give you not only some inspiration, but some links to some good instruction on how to achieve them. Most of all, enjoy showing off your creative side.
This painted dresser becomes a pretty cool sideboard with some fantastic blue paint, a little paper on the doors, and some new hardware.
We love this fern painted dresser… this one was handpainted by artists, but the complete DIY is at Art is Beauty. For you non-artists, how about a stencil, or even a peel and stick?
The Sassy Pepper has this great project for re-painting an old thrift style dining set… She used great paint, and little distressing and a happy, modern print fabric for the seat covers.
The Lily Pad Cottage offers us a tutorial on how to use chalk paint… In case you haven’t heard of chalk paint, its one of the easiest ways to get a distressed furniture look, and apparently there is no sanding or priming needed! Gotta love that!
Lastly, these DIY gold dipped barstools from Clever Crafts just go to show that little details make a big difference.
Which is your favorite? Any ideas to share?Image Credits: Mustard Seed, BHG, rt is Beauty, Sassy Pepper, Lily Pad Cottage, Clever Crafts