Old FurnitureOften our tables and chairs become scratched due to wear and tear but it is nothing that a fresh lick of paint cannot solve, to give it a new lease of life. However, before you become a DIY guru and ruin your furniture forever, make sure you check out this detailed step-by-step guide to painting.

Before you do anything, here are the essentials that you will need:

  • Sandpaper
  • A primer, preferably water-based
  • An acrylic paint, preferably water-based
  • Paint brushes, ideally different sizes a small thin one and a thicker brush for the body of the item
  • Finishing glaze/wax

You are a master with your tools, what now?

  1. Use the sandpaper to prepare the surface before painting. It needs to be smooth so scrub away any old flakes of paint and wipe it down so it is dust-free. You should be able to pick up around 20 sheets of sandpaper for a couple of pounds.
  2. Next you need to paint a coat of primer to form the base and let this dry before continuing.
  3. Now you can paint your furniture. We recommend you to choose the colour wisely. By choosing the right colour, you can transform the décor of any living space. Neutral classics include white, teak, oak and ash but feel free to experiment with your palate of preference.If you room is quite big, darker shades are ideal.
  4. When painting, work in the same direction as the wood grain. Use the thicker brush to apply the acrylic paint and make sure you allow each coat to fully dry, before applying another. Use a thin brush to get to the hard-to-reach cracks.
  5. After you have applied all the coats of paints, use a very fine sandpaper to smooth the surface again. This is ideal for any blobs of paint that have not dried properly.
  6. Now you can finish the furniture with a glaze or wax to create a polished feel. Why not be creative and add a special effect with stenciling and art work for a unique piece of furniture?
  7. Don’t forget to properly look after your paint brushes after you have finished painting. Brushes that get left to dry will only go hard and be unusable. By using a water-based paint, you can simply clean the brushes in warm water and soap and if any paint has splashed onto your skin, rest assured that it is kinder to remove.

And there you have it; an old piece of furniture that looks brand new. This is recycling at its best! Is there anything else in the house that looks out of date and could do with a new lease of life?