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How to Paint Furniture

Painting furniture gives an old piece a new look. Here's how to paint furniture and get great results.

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Here's how to paint furniture to give an old piece new life. You'll need the piece you want to paint, such as this wood table, a drop cloth, safety mask, fine grit sandpaper, tack cloth, a small paint brush, a medium paint brush, paint stick, primer and interior latex paint. Lightly sand the entire surface, and wipe it down with a tack cloth. Wear a safety mask when sanding. Be sure your primer and paint are well-mixed and your work area is well-ventilated. Turn the table upside down and use the medium brush to cover larger areas such as the underside. With the small brush, apply a primer to tight spaces such as legs and joints. Stand the table upright and prime the top of the table. Allow primer to dry according to label directions. Now you're ready to add color. Apply interior latex paint following the same steps as the primer. We recommend two coats of paint. Follow label directions for drying time between coats. Allow the final coat to dry at least a day before using the table. Painting furniture is a great way to refresh a thrift store find.