Painting furniture is all the rave in home decor today and it’s a pretty easy process. Almost anyone can change the whole look and feel of their existing furniture with paint, but before painting wood furniture, don’t miss these crucial steps. You can thank me later for my mistakes.
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Mistake #1 Not Cleaning Before Painting Wood
Before painting wood furniture you MUST clean and remove all the dirt, grime and other things that you may or may not see on the surface of your furniture. Skipping these steps could cause your finish to potentially fail… and I mean a big fat fail! That’s why I started using this product called White Lightning to clean my wood before adding paint. It comes in a crystal form and is dissolved in warm water to create a liquid cleaner. After mixing, put the cleaning mixture in a spray bottle and spray it right onto the furniture and wipe it down with a clean cloth. Repeat this process until clean, and then rinse the furniture with clean water and dry the surface. Now your furniture is clean and ready for the next step.
*If sanding is needed, sand your piece and wipe clean with a damp cloth.
Mistake #2 Not Use A Stain Blocker Before Painting Wood Furniture
Skipping this step before painting wood furniture can potentially become a nightmare. To be totally honest, sometimes I take chances. Obviously! This was one of those chances I took. My worse nightmare came true. Wood tannins and stains crept through the paint and it didn’t happen for 2 weeks. The nightmare came when I got that phone call from my customer. Insert “OH CRAP!” It was like walking the hall of shame to the principal’s office when I was a kid. You totally knew I might get caught but I took the chance. DON’T DO IT! Use BOSS to prevent the wood tannins and stains from bleeding through your beautiful paint finish. It blocks odors, stains and stops bleed through and it comes in clear and white.
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I call these products my problem solvers! A valuable lesson, no doubt. So, if you want to be certain and take the guesswork out of painting furniture, ALWAYS… before painting wood furniture, DO the prep. You’re welcome! 🙂 This is one lesson I’ll never forget! What about you? Have you ever had this happen? I’d love to hear about your experience in the comment section below so I don’t feel so alone.
Until the next project…