Painting Furniture Without Brush Strokes

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Everyone is different when it comes to the look of their furniture.  Some prefer to go to a thrift shop for an urban “Hipster” look, others prefer a perfectly smooth finish with a touch of elegance, while some like a rustic look as if it were painted in the backyard; the point is everyone is different.  Yet how do you get a perfectly smooth painted finish on that dresser when it’s needing to be repainted?  Follow the tips below.  NOTE- this will require you to put in some time and effort, but you will be proud of your work!

Use a High Quality BrushIt’s simple, higher quality paint brushes don’t show paint stroke as much, where lower quality brushes do, and believe it or not- the type of paint you use can affect the type of brush you should use. If you plan on using a latex paint, you should consider using a nylon or polyester brush; for oil based paints, use a natural bristle brush.  Some great paint brush brands are Purdy & Wooster.

FloetrolFloetrol is an additive you can mix into the paint that will keep your paint from drying as fast, which will give it more time to meld together or self-level and eliminate brush strokes.  Be aware of the conditions that you’re going to be painting in.  If it is a hot day, the paint will be drying quicker, which means that the brush stroke will be harder to hide.  You may want to consider adding Floetrol.

Longer Bristles Are Better – The shorter the bristles, the more the strokes will show… It is that simple.

Try a Roller – Use a roller on the longer, flat surfaces, and a brush for the smaller details.  When using a roller, roll in one direction.  If you roll in different directions, you can end up with roller marks.

Sand – If you do end up with some brush strokes- don’t worry.  Sand down that one area, and paint again.  Be sure that you wait for the paint to dry before you go back to sand or repaint.

What’s great about this technique is that you can use this, even if you want a distressed/antiqued look for your furniture.  But most importantly, remember to have fun!

Things to watch for when refurnishing your Dresser or Nightstand

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We use dressers and nightstands every day, and if a child is using one, you can bet that it’s being used and abused.  If your dresser is looking old and worn, you may want to just refurnish it instead of going out any buying a new one; this can save you money, and it’s amazing how a coat of paint can change the entire look!  However, there are a few things you need to look for when you do want to refurnish.

Surface: If the surface of the nightstand has rough grain, or is looking bubbly- beware.  The problem with uneven surfaces is that once you sand and prime them, all of the uneven areas begin to expand- you’re then left with a blotchy surface.  The solution to this is to sand completely past the stain, and down to the actual wood.

Peeling Veneer – It could be a big problem if the veneer is peeling.  If it peels off easily, it won”t be worth your time to repair it.  Yet, if it has only began to peel in a few small areas, it is salvageable with wood glue and wood filler.

Laminate – Laminate is a plastic coating over the wood.  You can paint over it, but that is not ideal.  Painting over it will make the it look… not quite right, and very amateur.  It’s best to stay away from this entirely.

Drawers – Drawers are, of course, the most important part of the dresser or nightstand, so it only makes sense to know if you have something made with quality.  If you do have something of quality, think about whether or not it would be best to get rid of it, or to try and refurnish it. One way to know if you do have quality craftsmanship is by taking the drawer out of the dresser, and looking for Dovetails.  If you see the Dovetails like in the picture below, you know you have something of quality.

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Lastly, if the drawers are on metal drawer guides that slide, make sure they slide smoothly.  These guides are difficult to fix and with older dressers, and many of the parts needed to fix them are no longer made.  If there is not a metal guide, and the drawer is wood on wood, you can smooth the sliding a little by wiping furniture wax on the bottom of the drawers and the wood guides underneath.  This will help smooth it out quite a bit.

That’s it!  If you have a dresser or nightstand that seems to be in good standing- go ahead and slap some paint on it to give it a whole new look.  Happy Painting!