What You’ll Need:
- Low tack masking tape
- Dust sheet
- Dust mask
- Paint brush
- Metal paint
- Furniture paint
- Dust brush
- Roller & tray
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Buying used furniture
- Have a good idea of what type of furniture you need before heading to car boot sales and markets – and when you see something, picture where it would go in your home. This way, you’ll be less likely to buy pieces that aren’t particularly useful.
- Remember there’s a huge used furniture market online. Many people sell pieces at bargain prices, or even give them away for free on community threads and websites.
- It’s important to be flexible if you’re looking for a really unique piece. Some creative thinking can turn old doors into smaller cupboards, or crates into shelving. For inspiration, take a look at DIY and upcycling blogs online.
- If a piece looks shabby because of a bad or fading paint job, or it has surface scratches, you can easily transform it with a little sanding or painting.
- Make sure you check furniture is structurally sound for the way you’ll use it. If there are holes in older wooden furniture, it’s probably had woodworm.
How to revamp a coffee table
- On bare wood, lightly sand the surface and brush off any dust.
- Apply a primer, remembering to stir it well.
- Wait for the primer to dry before sanding down your piece of furniture, ready for the first coat of your chosen colour.
- Paint your furniture evenly for the best finish.
- Wait for the first coat to dry before adding any more coats of paint.
- If you’re adding detail with a second colour, mask off areas that could get splashed with paint.
- Paint smaller areas with a brush and larger areas with a roller to save time.
How to revamp your furniture
- Gently sand the surfaces removing any rough edges.
- Remove excess dust using a dust brush.
- Prepare the surface thoroughly, so it’s as even as possible before you prime.
- Once the primer is dry, sand the surface again and remove excess dust.
- Before you begin painting, section off your first coloured stripes with masking tape, starting from the top and