How To: Paint Unfinished Wood Furniture
What You Need
Follow These Six Easy Steps
If painting inside, you’ll want to protect your furnishings. Remove any knobs, pulls, or hardware from the furniture.
For a smooth finish, use a flexible-foam sanding sponge or 220-grit sandpaper. If your piece has knots, sand them until they’re even with the grain.
To remove residual grit, you can use a clean cloth or a vacuum.
To seal the wood, roll or paint a coat of primer over the entire piece. You can also use spray primer. Priming hides imperfections
and provides a surface for the paint to adhere to. Let dry for at least an hour.
Aha! If you’re not sure whether you want a shiny or a flat finish, try flat first. You can always re-cover flat with a satin or a semi-gloss, but it’s harder to go in reverse and cover the sheen.
Using a roller on large surfaces and a brush on smaller ones, apply a coat of latex paint.
When the paint is dry, use a clean brush to apply a second coat of paint (two coats are generally the minimum needed for a
nice, even finish).
Tip: Between coats, put your brush in a plastic grocery bag and stash it in the refrigerator to keep it moist. That’s faster than cleaning it and waiting for it to dry.