Wood furniture accents many rooms, as wood is a versatile and durable material that can add warmth to any home. Often, wood furniture becomes worn out and abused as it ages. By repainting older furniture, you will give the piece a new life with many more years of use.
In order to restore a piece of old wooden furniture, such as an old chair, you will need the following supplies: a drop- cloth, a screwdriver, paintbrushes, furniture primer, furniture paint, chemical stripper, sandpaper, and an old cloth. The 15 steps below will guide you to giving your old piece of furniture new life.
1. Place an old tarp or drop-cloth on the floor to prevent paint from dripping onto the ground. Place the wooden furniture on top of the drop-cloth.
2. Remove the padding or cushions from the chair, and set them aside.
3. Inspect the chair for all imperfections. If the wood is cracked, use wood glue to reattach. If there are any screws or staples, remove them.
4. Wipe the chair down to remove any dust or excess dirt.
5. Use chemical stripper to remove the old finish from the chair. Since each chemical stripper is different, follow the directions recommended by the manufacturer.
6. Sand the wood surface until all areas are smooth. Fine-grit sandpaper works best on older furniture.
7. Wipe the entire chair down with a damp cloth. Remove all residue and dust to create a clean surface.
8. Brush a layer of primer over the wood. Be sure to work in the direction of the wood grain. After the first coat has dried, apply one or two more coats of primer to evenly prepare the chair for paint.
9. Once the primer is completely dry, use fine- grit sandpaper to even the surface of the chair. Try not to strip the primer off; rather, your goal is simply to remove any brush marks or heavy deposits.
10. Wipe the entire surface of the chair to remove dust and residue from the sandpaper.
11. Brush a layer of paint over the primer. Continue to work in the direction of the wood grain as you did with the primer. Apply several light layers of paint until your desired color is reached. Allow the paint to dry.
12. If there are any imperfections, sand the surface of the painted chair to remove the rough areas. Wipe the sanded area and apply a fresh coat of paint.
13. Apply a second coat of paint. Let it dry overnight.
14. Replace the padding or cushions that were removed from the wooden chair.
15. Sit back, and enjoy your new furniture!
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