Finding the key pieces of furniture when decorating your house can seem like finding a needle in the haystack. You may already have a great table or hutch, but the color isn’t right.
Learning how to paint unfinished wood furniture can give you the personal touch of decorating that will make your home stand out and allow you to breath new life into your wood furniture.
It can be overwhelming to pick a color let alone pick a brand and type of paint for your wood projects. While the color is completely up to you, let’s break down two basic paint types that can help you find the best paint for unfinished wood projects.
While you normally tend to avoid any water around wood, water based paints are perfectly safe for your finished or unfinished wood surfaces. Water based paint is known for how quick and easy it is to use due to it drying faster than oil based paints.
Water based paints don't tend to last as long as oil based paint on furniture that gets used every day. This type of paint is great for furniture that does not come into contact with water, food, or daily touching/sitting.
For your every day use items such as cabinets, dining tables and chairs you will want to use an oil based paint. This is because oil based paints are heavier and able to withstand daily wear and tear as well as water contact.
Oil based paints do take longer to apply and dry due to the heaviness of the paint and coats-- because of this, it's hard to apply oil based paint evenly. To get the best possible result, a solution would be to grab a good sprayer to ensure a speedy application and an even coat all through out the surface. Also make sure that you are in a well ventilated area or outside due to the stronger fumes it produces.
If you are still on the fence or unsure about which type or brand of paint to use then always take a moment to ask DIY friends or a home store specialist about what kind of paint for wood furniture they would recommend.
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Before you can just slap the paint on your unfinished wood surface, you need to take the time to prep. Depending on if your wood furniture has been painted before, it may need a little more prepping before you begin.
Now that your wood surface is prepped and ready, you can begin painting.
When you have decided what paint to use on wood furniture, follow these steps to give your unfinished wood the best refreshing possible.
Painting furniture can take a few hours, mainly because you have to wait so long in-between coats for your paint to dry. A few ways to make it less of a wait is to start painting at night, let your primer dry overnight so that it is ready for the first and second coat in the morning.
You can also opt to paint a few things at the same time, mixing big pieces like a mirror frame and small items such as a tile so that you have something else to paint while you are waiting for paint to dry.
If you do opt to paint with the breaks in between, then use a ziplock bag to store your paintbrushes in the fridge to keep them from drying and crusting.
Now that you know how to paint unfinished wood, you can bring new life to your current pieces or spruce up secondhand furniture that you find at flea markets.
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