How to Paint Wood Furniture

Painting your wood furniture is a good idea to give it a fresh look or to make it even more fitting to your room atmosphere. It takes a little work yet it is easy enough even for a beginner. Learn from the steps below.

Step 1. Supplies

Before doing the painting, it is better to collect the supplies first. In this project, the supplies collected for painting the wooden furniture are:

  • Murphy’s oil soap
  • Fine grit sandpaper
  • Medium grit sandpaper
  • Tack cloth
  • Primer
  • Paintbrush
  • Paint
  • Foam roller
  • Topcoat
  • Paint sprayer (optional)

Step 2. Prep the furniture

After the supplies are gathered, first step to do is to prep the furniture. Prep means do proper cleaning on furniture before applying the paint coat. Prepare drop cloth on the floor and place the furniture on it. Open all windows and doors to provide lots of ventilation.

Remove any hardware from the furniture like pulls, knobs, or any hardware that can be easily unscrewed. Then, wash the furniture using Murphy’s oil soap to remove any dusts especially if the furniture has been in the garage for long time. Don’t forget to remove the drawers prior to painting and deal with them separately.

Step 3. Sand the furniture

After the furniture is completely dry, the next step is to sand it. The sanding can be really useful to obtain the glossy finish off. It will provide the paint with a fine surface to attach onto, Sand the furniture using medium grit sandpaper. If the furniture surface has been dull, you can skip the process of sanding.

Step 4. Apply the prime

After the furniture is clean and dry, apply some primer on it. The primer will help the paint stick on to the furniture better. It will also help to cover any discolorations or stains at the wood. The primer used in this project is Kilz primer. It is better to use oil-based primer as it gives a better result.

Step 5. Sand the furniture once more time

After the primer is dry completely, sand the furniture once again. Use fine grit sandpaper on it. Sand the furniture lightly all over the paint coat. It will help you obtain much better and more professional finish later on. Make sure to remove any sanding dusts. Use tack cloth to remove them.


Step 6. Paint the furniture

After the furniture is primed and is nicely ready, paint it. The paint for furniture is best using interior latex paint as it will give semi-gloss finish. Use any paint which doesn’t give any flat finish as the flat finish will display any flaw or fingerprint and they are all hard to clean.

If the finish is much glossier then it will be easier to clean later on. Paint the furniture with thin coats and do the sanding between every coat. Paint at least two to three coats. It is very important step if you expect any even finish on the furniture.

Step 7. Give some protection

After the paint is dry for 24 hours, seal it. The furniture sealing will help you provide additional protection on to the finish as well as to create an easy-to-clean or wipeable surface. If you want to apply any clear or light paint, don’t use polyurethane as it can turn into yellow later on. You can use Minwax wipe-on poly for the protection coat.