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Some tips for painting furniture

By Jakob Jelling

Painting furniture can be a fun and exciting way of providing a room with a new style and appearance. Although this work implies creativity and imagination, you might also need to know some basic tips in order to be able to actually make the picture you imagined real, or else the final result might be very different from what you had originally imagined.

Painting furniture, such as for example wood, implies some previous steps you should keep in mind before you start applying the paint. The first thing you should make sure of doing is to sand it using liquid sander or fine grit sandpaper until it looks even and smooth. During this process, it is advisable to wear a dust mask, goggles and gloves.

Once you have finished with the sanding step, you must clean the furniture as thoroughly as possible. If the piece of furniture you paint has any residual sawdust particles or dust, this will be an obstacle during the painting process and will be very noticeable after you finish the work. In order to clean it thoroughly, you should use a brush, a rag, or a vacuum, but never use water or even a wet rag since you need the piece of furniture to be completely dry for painting it.

Also, before painting, make sure of placing the piece of furniture at a well ventilated spot, ideally in a backyard. If you will paint outside, remember being sure you will have a dry day. Also remember covering the floor under the piece of furniture or else it will surely get painted as well.

Before applying the paint you wish, you should apply a coat of gray or white water based primer. This could be applied with a brush if the piece of furniture is small or with a spray-on method if it is big. Wait about two hours for this coat to be completely dry, and then you will be ready to apply the final paint. Apply two coats of it if necessary, always waiting for each one of them to be dry before proceeding to the other.
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