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.
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 Brush – It’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.
Floetrol – Floetrol 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!
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.