GIVE WOODEN FURNITURE A CERTIFIED ‘MADE-BY-ME’ STAMP AND SATISFY YOUR PASSION FOR CUSTOMISATION BY GIVING IT A NEW LEASE OF LIFE.
Whether it’s an unloved bedside table or bare banisters that are lacking luster, wooden furniture can be adapted to fit pretty much any colour scheme with one simple application.
Rust-Oleum has a range of furniture paints in various finishes which can also be applied directly to your chosen piece making it a simple (and cost effective) project to undertake.
To make it even easier, we’ve devised a cheat sheet guiding you through the need-to-knows on how to paint wooden furniture –
What you will need
A piece of wooden furniture of your choice
Painter’s Tape (or masking tape)
Furniture Finishing Wax
A fine-grade sandpaper or sanding block
Paintbrushes in a range of sizes
Your chosen paint in Rust-Oleum Chalky Finish Furniture Paint, Rust-Oleum Satin Finish Furniture Paint, Rust-Oleum Gloss Finish Furniture Paint or Metallic Finish Furniture Paint
Move the wooden furniture to a well-ventilated area and place on top of newspaper or a dust sheet.
Remove any hardware, handles or drawers and paint them separately before reattaching.
As with all paint jobs, ensure the surfaces to be painted are clean, dry and free from loose paint, grease and contaminants.
Previously painted surfaces should be abraded to provide a key – this will help the paint grip.
Top Tip! You don’t have to take it to the bare wood but make sure you get rid of the sheen.
When you’ve finished sanding, it’s important to remove all the dust, as residual dust will not only create a flawed finish, but will also keep the paint from sticking.
Wipe over with a damp cloth to start and finish with a dry rag.
Mask off any areas of the object you don’t wish to paint to ensure you get a clean, tidy finish.
Now the fun part, choosing the best paint for the project.
Rust-Oleum Furniture Paint range acts as a primer and paint in one so using these will save you time on DIY projects.
All of the colours across the Satin, Gloss and Chalky Finish Furniture Paint range are also certified Toy Safe!
It’s also a good idea to decide now if you would like a distressed finish which nods towards the ever popular shabby chic look.
To achieve this look, you will need to use the Chalky Finish furniture paint and once dry, rub a fine-grade sandpaper over areas of the paintwork to reveal the natural wood beneath.
Top Tip! Use two layers of two Chalky Finish Paint colours to create the perfect shabby chic look.
Stir the paint to make sure it is thoroughly mixed and always use a good quality brush to prevent brush marks.
A 3-inch bristled-brush will suit most jobs and 1-inch is best for the fiddly bits or a small roller.
Top Tip! Only load your brush 1/3 or 1/2 of the way up to prevent the paint from drying and fraying the bristles.
You’ll need two to three coats to ensure an even coverage, leaving an hour between coats for drying.
Top Tip! Use an overlapping side-to-side motion as you go.
The key is to keep a wet edge for each section and keep up your speed or you’ll notice overlapping marks when the paint is dry.
Once the paint is fully dry, add a soft protective finish with Furniture Finishing Waxing clear or dark.
It is easy to apply by brush or with a rag and dries with a soft, velvety sheen, ensuring the paint finish is water-repellent and seals against stains and marks.
Top Tip! If you’ve used Chalky Finish Furniture Paint and want to keep its smooth matt finish, our Furniture Lacquer is highly durable and seals paint work, protecting it from knocks and scratches.
Remember by adding this protective layer, the easier it is to keep clean
A CHAIR IS AN INCREDIBLY EASY FURNITURE ITEM TO UPDATE. JUST BY USING A COMPLEMENTARY SHADE OF SPRAY PAINT, AN UPCYCLED CHAIR PROJECT CAN BE COMPLETED IN A MATTER OF HOURS.
The below how-to guide can be applied to any chair transformation. One idea could be bringing a splash of colour to a dull, dining room table and chair set by adding a different colour to each seat.
Injecting new life into garden chairs and plastic children’s seats also make for fun projects and is an ideal way to save money on buying new.
We used Rust-Oleum Universal Spray Paint for this upcycle, there is a huge range of colours to chose from so you can be sure you’ll find you perfect match.
So what are you waiting for? Get creative and give it a go!
What you will need
Rust-Oleum Plastic Primer or Rust-Oleum Surface Primer
Newspaper / dust sheets
Rust-Oleum Painter’s Touch
Masking tape or painter’s tape
Move the chairs to be painted to a well-ventilated area and place on top of newspaper or a dust sheet.
Mask off any areas not to be painted and separate areas if relevant – for instance if you want a two tone effect on the base and the back support (in this case we unscrewed the legs).
Protect the surrounding area with additional dust sheets or newspaper.
Ensure surfaces to be painted are free from loose paint, rust, wax, oil and grease.
Previously painted surfaces such as wood and metal should be abraded to provide a key (rough surface) that the new paint can adhere to.
Unless you are painting with Rust-Oleum Universal Spray Paint, bare wood and metal should be primed with Rust-Oleum Surface Primer and bare plastic should be primed with Rust-Oleum Plastic Primer.
Using your selected product and colour, hold the can approximately 30cm from the surface of the chair and spray in a steady back and forth motion, slightly overlapping with each stroke.
For best results whilst spraying keep the can the same distance from the surface and in motion.
Apply several light coats a few minutes apart.
Leave for 24 hours to ensure the paint is thoroughly dry before moving it back into the house, and giving it its pride of place.
If you make a mistake or have dripping or bubbling, don’t panic; you can correct just about any error with sandpaper.
Simply wait until the paint is dry (allow around 60 minutes) and sand these back, then reapply the top coat.
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