Do you have a tired piece of furniture that you have been thinking of painting but you are not sure where to start? Painting furniture is a great way to get creative, have fun and make amazing transformations. Here are 5 points to consider to help you get started painting furniture.
Choosing The Right Project
Painting furniture is a great way to take something that is tired or doesn’t work with your color palette and refresh it with a new colour.
With Dixie Belle paint you can paint almost anything! Solid wood, laminate, glass, metal, formica, ceramic, PVC, Ikea furniture and glossy surfaces.
When choosing a project make sure to look past the colour or finish and focus the details of the piece. Try to envision your project in a fresh new colour.
Prepping is Key!
Getting your project prepped and ready is one of the most important steps to take. Prepping your furniture will remove oil, grease or residue and will help the paint adhere to your furniture.
To prep your furniture, start by cleaning your piece with White Lightning.
Then use a sanding pad or 220 sandpaper to scuff up the surface. No heavy sanding is needed, just scuff it as if you are wiping down your kitchen table. Next use a damp cloth to remove any residue.
If you are painting over solid wood you are ready to start painting. However if you are painting laminate, glass, metal or slippery surfaces, apply 2 coats of Silk Stick first before moving on to the next step. This will help the paint adhere to the surface. Click here to learn how to use Slick Stick.
If you are painting a piece that you suspect may have bleed through, Dixie Belle’s Boss will help avoid this problem. Bleed through occurs when the tannins bleed through the wood causing yellow, brown or red spots to appear through the paint. Applying 2 coats of Boss before you paint will avoid bleed through.
Create a Flat Lay
Choosing a colour for your project at times can feel overwhelming. To help make your decision, start by placing fabric, tiles, paint samples that are in the room on a table. Dixie Belle Paint has over 64 colours to help find the perfect colour for your project, pick up a colour swatch to help you decide.
Creating a flat lay of all of the colours in your space will help you try out different colours and give you a visual of what works best. Click here to learn more about Dixie Belle Chalk Mineral paint and Silk All In One Mineral paint here.
Paint Like A Pro
Dixie Belle paint is easy to use, but to get the best result, use a good quality brush to apply your paint.
Dixie Belle paint is very versatile and can suit any design style from contemporary, rustic, boho chic to modern farmhouse. Click here to learn two ways to apply paint to help you achieve different looks.
Dixie Belle Chalk Mineral paint generally requires two coats of paint. Occasionally, with highly pigmented colours or white, you may need to add an extra coat or two of paint. After approximately 30 to 45 minutes your paint will be dry and ready for its next coat.
Long Lasting Finish
Dixie Belle Chalk Paint does not need a top coat as it cures to a durable surface after 21 days. If you are looking for more durability, some sheen or added softness to your surface, there are several products that you can use.
Best Dang Wax and Easy Peasy Spray wax are water based and easy to apply leaving your surface soft with a slight sheen and some durability.
Gatorhide and Clear Coat have great durability for those high traffic areas like coffee tables, dining tables and kitchen cabinets.
You can do it! Building Confidence.
Painting furniture is easy to do, but for some it can feel a little daunting. A great tip is to start out with a small project or pick something up from the thrift store to practice with before moving on to a bigger project.
Or take a class at a local shop and learn from an expert.
Remember to have fun and that you can always repaint your project if needed. Happy painting!