Before Painting Wood Furniture (2 Mistakes I Made)

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Before You Paint Wood Furntiure - Things You Need To Know
Before Painting Wood Furniture (2 Mistakes I Made)

Painting wood 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 Furniture

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 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, 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.

To get the best possible finish with your painted furniture, the first step is to remove dirty and grime... and even the things you can't see.

Mistake #2

Not Using A Stain Blocker Before Painting Wood Furniture

Skipping this step before painting wood furniture can potentially become a nightmare. 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 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, and stains and stops bleeding through, and it comes in clear and white.


Use these products before painting wood furniture and you won't be sorry.

I call these products my problem solvers! A valuable lesson, no doubt. 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.

And here’s another great tip… CLICK HERE to learn how to remove that musty smell from your furniture makeovers. I know the furniture I find smells like, well you know the smell. HA!

Until the next project… xo, Do