Paint wood bedroom furniture


I know-this post has been a long time coming! After I wrote about my painted freecycle furniture,lots of you asked for a tutorial on painting and I’m finally getting around to it. While I’m not a professional painter and my paint jobs aren’t perfect,I hope that reading about what I’ve learned will be helpful to you.

Before I start,though,I should probably warn old furniture lovers to leave until this post is over.img_1807I don’t really have any qualms about painting old,beat-up furniture,and so the pictures here may be slightly horrifying to you. Ahem.

The first order of business is,of course,sanding. Don’t be tempted to skip this step…proper sanding will ensure an even,smooth finish that is not prone to chipping. I use an orbital sander,but other small sanders would work just fine too.

I wouldn’t really recommend hand-sanding unless you are very strong/patient. It takes a LOT of sanding to remove old paint and stain,and I would get very weary of sanding if I had to do it manually. I get tired of sanding even with the orbital sander!

I usually start out using 80 or 100 grit sandpaper,especially if there’s a durable lacquer finish on the piece. Once most of the stain/paint has been removed,I switch to 150 grit or higher to get rid of any remaining stain/paint,and to smooth out the surface.

Invariably,the pieces of furniture I’ve gotten have had areas that are impossible to sand with the orbital sander. So,once I’ve sanded everywhere I possibly can using the orbital sander,I sand the rest by hand. Depending on the size of the area to be sanded,I sometimes use a sanding block,but most often I just use a piece of plain sandpaper,since it can be bent and folded to reach into awkward areas.

On this nightstand,for instance,I was able to use the orbital sander on the top,sides,inside,and on the lower front piece,but it was useless on the trim pieces below the top and below the drawer. So,I sanded those with a small piece of sandpaper. I did manage to get almost entirely down to the wood grain here,but that’s not always necessary.

2003-09-03 13:24:05 by forfurniture

Painting tips

It is already painted, so you don't need primer. Usually, primer is only for bare wood or metal. And no reason to strip it. Just sand it a bit. I said A BIT to give the paint a surface to adhere to. Your can of paint will have more directions for you to follow.
Colors and finish are a personal preference and depend on your bedroom decor and furnishings. If you don't like "hideous peach", why not go with a flat black? Or a deep sienna?
Painted furniture can look great. Pick up a magazine at the supermarket that shows lots of photos of furniture and see what is current in the design world.

2007-11-27 19:36:37 by Ninia

You can spray paint it.

I had wicker furniture in my bedroom when I was in high school. I designed the whole room like an art gallery, so I painted the furniture to match. It came out really good and the paint stuck.
So maybe spray paint it white? It would look nice with the cherry wood and you could get a changing pad that is the same "theme" color as far as the sheets and such go.

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    I have a nice, simple hardwood headboard that I never use because it is a lighter wood than the rest of my bedroom furniture (they are not all matching, but they are all an espresso like color). Its a really simpe design. Just a rectangle with two squares beveled inside of it does that make sense? Kind of like a two panel door) What is the best of painting this?

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