How to Paint Wood Furniture Like a Pro

Use these steps to get a fresh painted finish on any piece of wood furniture. We used this technique to make over an old two-drawer filing cabinet as a petite end table.

Turn your run-down, wooden furniture into a pure work of art. Painting wood is easy to do, and makes your old pieces look new again! Your furniture will be flawless as your new accent piece, or even as the center of attention in your room. Our step-by-step instructions make it possible for anyone to repurpose their outdated wood furniture.

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What You Need

  • Wood filler
  • Sander or sanding block
  • Stain-blocking primer
  • Paint
  • Paint brush
  • Polyurethane

Step 1: Prep Your Wood

Remove all hardware from the main piece. Fill in any holes with wood filler, then lightly sand all surfaces that will be painted. You can add furniture feet, if desired.

Step 2: Apply Primer

After sanding, apply a stain-blocking primer to prevent the previous finish from showing through the new paint. Let the primer dry before applying any paint.

Editor's Tip: When painting furniture, apply primer and paint in thin coats and let dry thoroughly between coats. If desired, lightly sand between coats to minimize brushstrokes.

Step 3: Apply Paint

Apply paint to your wooden furniture piece and let dry. After, apply a coat of polyurethane to make a nice top coat. Finish your project by adding on any new hardware.

Editor's Tip: Use painters tape to mask surfaces you don't want painted.


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