Painting Techniques for Furniture

Furniture painting techniques vary from light coats that offer coverage to washes, stains and fake finishes. For many people the only way to treat wood furniture is by using stain. However, many people find stain hard to work with and messy. Painting wood furniture isn’t just easier than staining, however it allows furniture of different materials to be made to look more uniform. Several common techniques are utilized when painting furniture including brushing and spraying.

Painting Techniques for Furniture

Painting Techniques for Furniture

Distressing Before Painting

Distressing the furniture is fairly easy and fun, but do not get caught up. To create a natural piece, make use of a hammer or chain to conquer nicks and depressions in to the wood and pick strategic spots to operate a wire brush across to produce scratch marks. All of these marks will affect the way the paint adheres to the wood while increasing the character of the furniture.


Before painting, lightly sand the furniture. The furniture doesn’t have to be bare for painting, but a tough surface will take paint better. You’ve got a number of choices for painting: Rub bee’s wax or paste wax on areas you need to leave bare such as corners and locations that would normally be handled. This will make the bare spots look most basic. Or, paint a base coat along with a different color on top. Let all coats of paint dry completely before you decide to apply another coat.


You will get creative with finishing making truly unique pieces. If you used wax in almost any areas, rub an old towel over those spots to get rid of the excess dried paint. Lightly sand other locations, revealing either bare wood or even the first layer of paint. Carefully consider the piece you’re working with, and only remove enough paint for any natural look, especially on corners and handles. To help create the illusion that this furniture was recently taken off your grandmother’s attic, lightly use a dark wood stain and wipe off sections of it. The stain will get ready the grooves and nicks you’ve made earlier and take on a weathered look. To maintain your newly made “antique” pristine, finish having a coat of flat sealer or glaze.


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