Paint Wood Furniture
When it comes to painting cabinets or any piece of wood furniture, it's important to understand that the paint will not cover up the flaws or gouges, it will only draw attention to them.
So, proper preparation of your furniture piece is vital to creating a new, professional looking paint finish.
Begin by scrubbing your wood cabinet with TSP (Trisodium Phospate) to remove dirt and oils. Next, sand the piece lightly to remove any loose paint and even out areas of irregularity. Some children's dressers suffer from stickers or unidentifiable sticky globs, the sanding should take care of these.
Next, fill holes with wood filler, then sand and remove dust using a tack cloth.
Then, prime the surface. If you are using a darker tone, it is a good idea to tint the primer with the same color. Allow to dry according to manufacturers specifications.
Apply paint using either a paint roller or brush. A roller may leave a slight textured finish while a brush can leave brush strokes. Consider purchasing a "self - leveling type of paint product that will minimize either effects.
For added protection, add 1 or 2 coats of matte finish polyurethane. Be sure to allow the finish to dry completely between coats.
Paint Wicker Furniture
Always wear protective face mask and safety glasses and use good ventilating methods if painting indoors. Protect surrounding areas and if painting outdoors using a spray method, only spray the paint on a windless day.
The best way to paint wicker is to use a compressor sprayer, using oil-base house paint. If this is not possible, and you only have one piece to do, I recommend using a natural bristle brush to apply the paint, or as a last resort, you can use the spray can method.
Buy the best quality paint available and make sure it’s compatible with the existing paint already on the piece, and use a wood primer touching up any bare areas before painting. When you use spray cans, quite a bit of paint is lost in over-spray and can end up being quite expensive in the long run.
So, setting up a home-made spray booth fashioned out of an appliance cardboard boxes helps somewhat if your piece is on the smaller side, whether you use the spray cans or a compressor sprayer.
Be sure to turn the chair upside down and paint all visible areas there first, then tip upright and apply paint to all visible areas, getting into all the crevices and corners. Give at least two light coats of paint and be sure to clean up any spills and drips immediately and don’t “glob” on the paint with thick coats.
Let all coats of paint dry before applying the next, and make sure you don’t sit in the chair until paint has thoroughly cured for about a week. Enjoy your newly painted wicker furniture!