Beginner’s Tips for Painting Furniture

The first time you’re painting furniture, there are bound to be some mistakes. It probably won’t be easy to paint with any kind of precision, you might use more than you had anticipated, and there amy be problems that occur in the moment (like warped wood). It’s not an easy task for any newbie, even if the concept seems like it should be. Here are some of the tips furniture makers over the years have found valuable to their trade.


Firstly, sanding is one of the most therapeutic things you can do in your spare time. You’re actually working toward something (a smooth and level piece of wood), and you’re in no particular hurry to get their if your piece isn’t a commission. Be careful you don’t gouge or dent the surface, and buy a few different grits of sandpaper to figure out which gives you the finish you want for your piece.


One of the other most important steps in painting furniture is priming, which most people know. What many don’t realize is that skimping on good quality primer is more of a detriment. Poor quality primer will cause your paint to chip, crack or peel over time. Buy a mini foam roller for application purposes, and a few smaller width brushes.


How many coats do you need? Many furniture makers will tell you anywhere between two and three coats should give you the color you want. Most smaller pieces, like a chair or an end table, won’t take more than a gallon of paint to finish.