How To Upcycle Your Furniture With Paint

how to upcycle your furniture with paint
Upcycling is a great way to breathe new life into good furniture – and it’s amazing how a simple lick of furniture paint can completely transform an old chair, chest or table. Follow along with this helpful ‘how to upcycle your furniture with paint’ guide and you’ll have your second-hand furniture looking as good as new in no time at all…

What You’ll Need:

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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

  1. On bare wood, lightly sand the surface and brush off any dust.
  2. Apply a primer, remembering to stir it well.
  3. Wait for the primer to dry before sanding down your piece of furniture, ready for the first coat of your chosen colour.
  4. Paint your furniture evenly for the best finish.
  5. Wait for the first coat to dry before adding any more coats of paint.
  6. If you’re adding detail with a second colour, mask off areas that could get splashed with paint.
  7. Paint smaller areas with a brush and larger areas with a roller to save time.

How to revamp your furniture

  1. Gently sand the surfaces removing any rough edges.
  2. Remove excess dust using a dust brush.
  3. Prepare the surface thoroughly, so it’s as even as possible before you prime.
  4. Once the primer is dry, sand the surface again and remove excess dust.
  5. Before you begin painting, section off your first coloured stripes with masking tape, starting from the top and