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Refresh Old Wood Furniture With Paint

By on Jan 16, 2017
Refresh Old Wood Furniture With Paint

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As you may already know, sustainability is a hot trend in home design right now. From natural flooring to the latest in energy-saving technology, homeowners are doing their part to make the earth a better place for all.

Sustainability does not stop at home décor. Before throwing out an old desk, chair or other item, consider giving it an upgrade with a coat of paint. This is an easy DIY project that almost anyone can do with a few hours and a paint brush. So before you decide to toss that old item, see how you can give it a new look with a coat of paint.

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What Paint To Use

When it comes to painting furniture, the options are endless. It truly depends on what decorative element this will add to the room. When I painted my kitchen chairs a few years ago, I knew I wanted a pop of color in a room that was painted white. I chose a deep blue that added just the right amount of color without being overwhelming. Whether you’re painting a mirror, desk or chair, think about the statement you want that item to make. Take home plenty of color samples to see how it compares to the rest of the colors in your room.

You can also consider repurposing the old furnature for new use. Small dressers are becoming more common as storage options in the bathroom. Medium-sized tables can easily be repurposed into desks. If you're repurposing an old item, be sure to choose a paint that will last for the use you will need.

If you’ve chosen to upgrade your furniture to keep it out of a landfill, you’ll want to look for a paint type that contributes to your green efforts. If you’re not careful, some paints can harm your indoor air quality as well. Look for options that have low or no VOC, or volatile organic compounds.

Materials Needed

  • Painter’s Tape
  • Quality Paintbrushes
  • Paint
  • Sandpaper
  • Screwdriver
  • Wood Filler

Refinished Dresser

Step 1: Prep The Furniture

Before you begin painting, you’ll want to prep the furniture so you can easily access all areas on the piece, large and small. Unscrew any knobs and take out and drawers or shelves to paint separetely, if possible. Tape any parts that you can’t remove, such as the glass of the mirror. The preparation you do in the beginning will lead to a more successful final project.

Step 2: Sand And Clean

Next, you’ll need to sand down the piece. This is not a step to skip, as many items have finishes that must be roughly sanded so the paint adheres. This is also a good time to fix any large scratches or dents with a wood filler. When you’re done, remove any dust and debris with a damp cloth.

Repainted Chairs

Step 4: Prime Your Work

If your paint did not come with a primer included, you’ll need to prime paint your item. On more intricate pieces, this may take a bit longer. Be sure to coat every spindle, knob, corner and other small area with so you can ensure the color will look the way you expect it to. You'll need to let the primer completely dry before moving on to your color.

Step 5: Paint Your Color

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It’s time for your new color! Carefully paint your piece with even brush strokes. If you are painting too heavy, you may see a few drips. Quickly smooth them out before the paint dries. Otherwise, you will see it when the project is finished. Let the first coat dry completely before moving on to the second coat of paint.

When you’ve completed both coats of paint, reattach any knobs, pulls, drawers or shelves in their proper place. Don't forget to clean up your paint supplies to save for another DIY project. Then, step back to admire your new look!

Repainted Night Stand


Painting old furniture is a simple way to upgrade it to something new! Save money and help the environment by refreshing old items in your home. 

If you’re uncertain where to start with your paint project, read 7 Things You Didn’t Know You Could Paint for a few ideas of what you can upcycle.

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