Often we meet customers who are intrigued with the idea of painting their own furniture, but haven't yet taken the plunge. First, if that's you, let us assure you that it's not as hard as it looks!! And once you've seen the results of your handiwork--you'll be hooked!
Painting is kind of an addiction for us--it's in our blood! Today, we wanted to take a few minutes to answer questions that beginner painters may have and explain the process of prepping and painting your first piece of furniture. We hope it gives you the courage to roll up your sleeves and paint something amazing!
How do I prep a piece of furniture for paint?
If you are using Country Chic Paint (our personal fav) little to no prep is needed, however, it is advisable that you clean your piece of furniture thoroughly with a rag and soapy water because residue or dirt may compromise the perfect adhesion of the paint after it dries.
The piece I have was already painted once. Is that okay?
The short answer...yes! However, if the previous paint is chipping off in nasty flakes, you will need to sand it.
Does it matter if the previous finish oil or water based?
If the piece was previously painted it is helpful to know if the old finish is water based or oil based paint. You test this by taking a q-tip dipped in acetone nail polish remover rubbing it on the piece. If you see color coming off and staining your q-tip then you know it is water based and you can go ahead and paint over it. Oil based paint will not show any color on the q-tip. If a previous oil base paint finish exists, it is recommended to lightly sand the surface with a fine grit sandpaper.
Okay, my piece is clean, now what?
You're ready to rock! If you use Country Chic Paint there is little to no preparation required. Next you will need:
- A synthetic bristly brush
- Country Chic Paint (low VOC and safe to use indoors!)
- A stir stick
Give the paint can a good shake, remove lid and then stir for 2 minutes.
How do I hold my brush?
For best control of your brush hold it on the ferrule (the metal part of the brush). With your thumb on one side and the other fingers holding the other side.
Dip about half the bristles into the paint. Don't over dip the brush otherwise you may experience drips.
Does it matter what direction I apply the paint?
When painting your piece, always paint in one direction otherwise you may experience too much texture in your finish. You want your piece to be smooth--like frosting on a cake!
Don't paint over sections that have partially dried already. You can always go back and fix it once it is fully dried. Avoid painting in direct sunlight or when the humidity is more than 80%.
Paint your furniture in your favorite Country Chic color and you'll be hooked! If you have questions regarding a current project feel free to ask any of us at the shop, or leave a comment, we'd love to help!
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