In this video, you will learn some best practices to adopt before you start painting your furniture by hand.
Watch the next video in our Furniture Restoration program for more information about painting with a paintbrush.
Learn to choose the right type of furniture to paint with a brush, then how to set up for your work and choose the right paint and brush by watching this short tutorial.
Painting Furniture with a paintbrush: Preparation
In this video, you will discover the steps to take before painting a piece of furniture.
There are four stages to this process, which we will explain to you.
Step 1: Choosing Your Furniture
There are three criteria to take into account when deciding whether it's worth repainting a piece of furniture.
Firstly, the condition of the furniture: it shouldn't be broken.
Secondly, the material: choose a piece made from solid wood or plywood rather than laminate furniture.
You can identify laminate furniture by its plasticised look- paint will not adhere to this material.
Thirdly, the size of the piece: the bigger the furniture, the longer it will take to paint.
For large wardrobes or sideboards, it's best to use a paint sprayer.
Step 2: Preparing and Positioning the Furniture
Start by removing any detachable parts from the furniture, including any ironmongery
Place the furniture to be painted at a comfortable working height.
Apply masking tape to any areas you don't want to paint.
Step 3: Choosing Paint
There are 2 types of paint available: acrylic and glycerophtalic paints.
Acrylic paint is the more ecological of the two.
It can be diluted and cleaned with water.
Glycerophtalic paints are dissolved with a hydrocarbon solvent.
In this example, we're using acrylic paint.
This type of paint dries quicker.
It does, however, have a weaker coverage, and will require at least three coats.
But you won't need to use a hydrocarbon solvent to dilute the paint or clean the brushes.
Acrylic paint is suitable for wood, glass and metal.
Step 4: Choosing a Paintbrush
It's essential to choose the right type and size of paintbrush to get a uniform coverage on your furniture.
Use a paint roller for large surfaces and for first coats.
To prevent lint, pass your roller over the sticky side of a length of packing tape before you start.
For inside corners, use a round brush to get into hard-to-access areas
If you have any touch-ups to make, a small, narrow brush is best.
Now you know how to choose and prepare your furniture, you're ready to paint!