DIY: How to Paint Furniture

Since I started blogging and posting projects on Instagram, I’ve gotten tons of questions about restoring and painting furniture. I found the majority who ask about it think it’s a daunting task. I decided to do a tutorial on how to paint furniture. Anyone can do it!

I found this wooden filing cabinet at my local Restore for the low cost of $15. It was perfect for my office! Overall, it was in good condition but showed signs of wear and tear. Nothing a little sanding and paint can’t fix.

Painting Supplies:

Fine Grit Sandpaper
Paint Brush
Foam Roller
Tray Liner
Paint Stirrer (home improvement stores give these out for free)
Drop cloth

Home Depot sells paint kits, which are relatively cheap and great for those who are just starting to paint.


Step One: Remove all hardware and clean furniture

Using the appropriate tool, remove all hardware from the piece. This is also helpful since I’m going to spray it gold to match the rest of hardware in the office.

Next, take a tack cloth and wipe down the piece. If the furniture has been sitting in a damp garage or dirty basement it probably has dust and dirt on it. You don’t want to paint this grime into your furniture.


Step Two: Sanding

Lightly sand the piece using fine grit sandpaper. A light sanding should suffice. This will ensure the paint has a surface to adhere to. Wipe down again.


Step Three: Prime


Priming your piece helps seal the grain of the wood so the finished coat goes on evenly. This also ensures that the wood color does not bleed through the finished coat.

Pour the paint into the tray liner, and using a roller, prime the piece. A roller is quicker, plus you won’t see brush strokes.


For cutting in corners or edges, use a paint brush to paint instead of a roller.


Make sure the paint does not pile up in the corners and edges of the piece. Using your brush, feather out the paint. It can be easy to miss. If you notice it after the paint has dried no need to panic. Just sand it down using the sandpaper. I always check my edges and corners prior to painting the final coat. Nothing ruins the professional look of a piece like globs of paint in the corners.

Step Four: Repeat Step Three Using the Finished Coat

Once the furniture has been sanded and primed repeat step three, but using the finished paint color instead of primer. Repeat as necessary if the wood color continues to bleed through.

Step Five: Re-install Hardware

Before I re-installed the hardware I sprayed it gold to match the rest in the office.

Step Six: Enjoy Beautiful New Piece, With Money Saved Buy More DIY Projects


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