How to Paint Furniture

Considering your first furniture painting project and don't know where to start? If you're a beginner, or even a seasoned DIY-er, we have the articles, videos, tutorials, and discussions to get you started. Here's what you need to know about painting everything from tables to dressers and nightstands to chairs. You got this.

Updating Furniture With Paint

Prep the furniture

Clean the piece with solution and a rag, and remove any hardware including drawers and doors.

Make sure to protect yourself

Stripping furniture, using a power sander and even paint can be harmful, which is why heavy duty gloves and protective eyewear are a must.

Strip and sand your piece

In some cases, furniture will need to be stripped before anything is done. In all cases, furniture should be lightly sanded.

Paint with your desired color

Layer thin coats of paint on the furniture, allowing it to dry in between each coat to prevent uneven surfaces.

Protecting your furniture

Use a polyurethane varnish as the final coat to protect the finished piece, enabling the new paint to last longer.

Top DIY Furniture Painting Projects

Here are our top furniture paint projects, submitted by our very own Hometalk users.

Furniture Painting Videos

Looking for step-by-step DIY video tutorials on how to paint furniture? Here you go.

How to Paint Furniture Without Sanding | Chalk Based Paint Application

Don't you just hate the mess sanding can make? Wouldn't you love to be able to apply your paint and achieve that same beautifully smooth finish without sanding? In this brand new tutorial, we'll show you our tips and tricks on how to apply Country Chic Paint to get the clean, smooth finish you love!

How To Makeover a TV Tray

I had these two old TV trays that were scratched up and used... instead of throwing them out, I decided to try something new.

How To Create a Faux Concrete Finish on Furniture

Up your faux-finishing game by mastering the technique! Watch our new video tutorial to learn how to create a faux concrete finish on your furniture.

How to Create the Faux Granite Look in Five Easy Steps

Welcome to my easy guide on how to create stunning faux granite furniture using old furniture and just a few materials and, most importantly, with a small budget!

New Furniture Painting Projects

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