I have painted several pieces of furniture for my home and initially some of them i did totally wrong.
It seems simple , like you just grab some brushes and paint and thats all about it right? NO! If u want something professional looking which will last you long , you need to follow a few basic guidelines.
for this project i turned an old ikea table into something extremely modern and gorgeous.
- fine grit sandpaper
- medium grit sandpaper
- cloth for wiping dust
- acrylic or oil paints
- paint brush/ roller
- spray paint in gold color
- top coat or varnish
- painters tape / masking tape
- crafters knife
- cardboard or any thick sheet for stencil
step 1 : Prep it up
The first thing to do before painting a piece of furniture is to give it a good cleaning after removing the hardware.
step 2 : Sand
Next i sanded down the table top and sides so that i get a smooth surface.
step 3 : Prime
I then primed the top with an oil based primer. This helps the paint to settle on the piece betterand also covers any discoloration in the wood.
step 4 : Sand again
Using a fine grit sand paper i lightly sanded the top again . This helps attain a much more professional and even finish. Be sure to remove the sanding dust each time with a cloth.
step 5 : Paint
Once my piece was primed and ready i started painting the base color. i used white latex paint in thin coats . Did three coats , letting dry each coat before doing the next one. You can do this with a roller or paint brush whatever suits you.
step 6 : Stencil
I drew a chevron pattern on a cardboard and cut it out to use it as my stencil for chevron pattern . Starting from the top i traced all the design on to the table. You can even print out a chevron and use it as your stencil 🙂
step 7 : Cover with painters tape:
I then covered alternate chevron lines with painters tape. The unnecessary parts i removed by the help of my crafters knife.
step 8 : Paint
Using navy blue paint i then painted the visible patterns of the chevron. Remember your paint shoul be thick otherwise it would seep in the tape and go where you dont want it to be 🙂 Repeat twice or thrice once the previous coat has dried.
step 9 : Remove tape
Once the paint was completely dry usually 12-24 hrs slowly pull off and remove the tapes .
step 10 : Spray paint
For the legs i just wiped them down clean , slightly sanded them and spray painted them from a distance of around a feet . Repeated twice .
step 11 : Varnish
Finally my super gorgeous table was ready . I used a spray varnish to seal it as my top coat. Sealing your furniture provides extra protection to your finish and creates a wipe-able, easy to clean surface.
Last step : Enjoy your new center piece 🙂