In some instances, it is perfectly fine to skip the sanding step when re-painting a piece of furniture, but you will want to keep these tips in mind when deciding if sanding would be appropriate or not.
Is the Surface Shiny or Slick? – If the surface is very smooth and shiny, you may want to use sandpaper as the paint or primer could peel off or easily scrap off with a fingernail. You will want to, at the very least, go over the furniture with 220 or 320 grit sandpaper; this will give the primer, or paint, something to adhere to.
Has the Surface Been Thoroughly Cleaned? – Make sure you start by cleaning the surface with some kind of degreaser before you paint or prime. Paint and primer will not adhere to any type of oils, even those used in cleaning solutions.
Has the Surface Been Waxed? – If you are painting over something that has a wax coating over top, sand the wax off. Paint and primer will NOT adhere to a waxed surface.
You Can Use a Liquid Sander – You can also wipe the piece down with a liquid sander (available at most hardware stores) instead of using actual sandpaper. NOTE: read the directions on the back before buying to ensure it will work with your piece, along with the primer, or paint, you intend to use.
Use an Oil Based Primer – If you decide not to sand, you will want to use an oil based primer, or a shellac based primer, as opposed to no primer or a water based primer. Oil and shellac primers cure faster, reducing the risk of paint peeling or being scratched off within the first 2-4 weeks.
If you read through this list, and still feel it’s fine to paint without sanding, congrats! You’ve shaved some time off of this project.
Paint Sprayers can save a great deal of time when you need to paint a lot of items, yet it doesn’t make sense for you to run out and buy an expense machine if you only plan on painting a piece of furniture every once in a while. As an alternative- spray painting furniture has a lot of benefits.
Time Saved – Spray painting is a lot faster than painting with a brush, and you won’t get nearly as tired from it. The base coat for a small piece of furniture can take roughly 10-20 minutes when being careful.
No Brush Strokes – Getting in and around beveled edges or designs in the wood with a brush can be difficult to do without showing brush strokes, but spraying the paint on makes it extremely easy! Do be careful- don’t spray in one area for too long or the paint will to drip down the side of the furniture.
Less Mess – Although you will get a little overspray with spray paint, all that you need to do to protect the ground is lay down some newspaper, a drop cloth, some plastic, etc. After you are done, you can simply throw the spray paint can away and newspaper, and you’re all done!
More Colors to Choose From Than in The Past – Even though you won’t have quite the same selection for colors with spray paints as with cans of paint, there are many more colors to choose from today than there were just a few years ago, and the list of colors continue to grow! Chances are, you will be able to find the color you want, or something very similar.
Remember- you will want to paint in a well-ventilated area, preferably outdoors, or in the garage with the big door open. Should you need a few recommendations for brands, check out Valspar, Krylon, Rustoleum, or visit your local hardware store.
A new coat of paint on your front door can breath all new life into your home, and it’s a lot easier than you may think! Yes, you will have to put in some elbow grease, but it shouldn’t take you more than a day to complete.
Types of Paint
Because your front door is open to the elements outside, you’ll want to use an acrylic latex paint with an oil-based primer; this will cover any old paint left on the door. However, if you have a brand new door that has never been painted, you are able to use an oil-based paint instead.
When you begin, be sure that it is going to be a nice day (not too humid or cold) because you want the paint to dry fairly quickly… Especially if you’re using an oil-based paint.
You’ll need to take the door off of it’s hinges, and place it where you’ll be painting- make sure it is a well ventilated area (like outside). You can place some plastic over the doorway to help keep bugs outside, and to prevent people from seeing into your house.
Once the door is ready, remove the handles, and any other hardware left on it. Thoroughly clean the door by scrubbing the surface with a wet sponge, allow to dry, then sand the surface of the door. Patch any cracks in the door with a quick-drying wood filler, then when it dries, sand the filler to make it smooth. Use a rag to brush off the dust from sanding, and you will be ready to apply the primer. Cover with painter’s tape any trim, windows, and anything else that you don’t want to get paint on.
Apply the primer to the all surfaces on the door and let it dry completely. Then you are ready to apply the paint. Start by using a brush to paint any raised or depressed panels on the door, or around any crevices. You can then proceed to paint the flat surfaces of the door with a roller. Once the first coat is applied, allow it to dry, and apply a second coat for a beautiful finish.