5 Worst Mistakes To Avoid when Painting Old Furniture

You know that today web space is full of tutorials teaching us to renovate your old pieces of furniture to create something unique for your home or to sell it online. But the problems with those tutorials is that they all look pretty easy to complete though in the reality everything appears to be much harder.

Everyone who has ever tried to renovate furniture knows that painting can be either perfect or a complete disaster, there are no shades of grey here. So we came up with main five mistakes that you should avoid when going through the step-by-step guide called “How to paint a dresser” to ensure that you get the best result possible.

1. Sanding. If you have checked several tutorials before found our article then you may know that a lot of people claim that there is no need to sand anything at all. Furthermore, you can even find paints which covers say that they do not require a piece to be sanded. But if you read any professional literature or ask a professional, you will hear the answer that sanding is a must. Out tip is to use 150-grit sandpaper for all kinds of surfaces. But do not be too zealous and do not to gouge the surface.

2. Removing residue. After the sanding process is complete, make sure to wipe the surfaces with a tack cloth in order to remove any residue. Warning! Never use a paper towel for this purpose!

3. Priming. The type of primer you choose depends on the type of surface you have; make sure to seek for special primer if your furniture piece is made of laminate furniture. To actually prime the piece, experts advise to use a mini foam roller. In case your piece has any hard-to-reach places, do not forget about a foam brush tool. Make sure that you leave it drying for the required amount of time (the instructions are usually provided on the cover). After priming, sand away any drips with a 220-grit sanding block, and again do not forget to wipe everything down with a tack cloth.

4. Painting. Rule number one- never paint with sick layers because they will usually appear to be uneven and looking ugly. So, make sure that you apply very thin layers of paint and let them dry before applying the following ones. The estimated time of drying for paints is six to eight hours. After you reach the desired color, sand everything again and a NEW tack cloth to complete.

5. Protection. And the final point is to ensure that the paint remains intact because if you decide and visit Kijiji to buy furniture then you need to ensure they do not get damaged while being delivered to the receiver. So for protection purposes experts advise using Polycrylic water-based protectant in gloss but also apply it in very thin layers. To avoid any bubbles on the final surface, make sure to use roller instead of a brush. And let everything dry for at least 72 hours.

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