Sunday, November 3, 2013

4 Tips for Better Furniture Painting

 People often ask what my favorite project is. 
And my answer is always the same, "The one I just finished!" 
I love that "ahh-h-h moment" when I step back to see how things turned out
and feel a sense of satisfaction.
These pieces were completed this afternoon and will be delivered tomorrow. 
But they didn't always look so cute! 



They came to me like this,

and brought their friend, a dresser, with them.

This is well-made Drexel furniture in a style often called French Provincial,
  because of its curvy lines and delicate legs. 
Made of solid wood, this furniture was well worth the effort
of repainting and repurposing.

In the end it looked like this, but getting there took a bit of finesse.


What colors did I use?

I know that many of you enjoy painting furniture,
and  many more of you want to join in the fun.

May I share a few furniture painting tips with you?

These are a few things I do automatically.
 I hope they will help speed you along with your project.

1.  Protect drawers by placing them in plastic garbage bags.

This is especially important if you spray your furniture.  Over spray or drips inside the drawer look amateurish.   Run some blue tape on the sides and inner edges of the drawer, then slip the drawer into a garbage bag.  Use more blue tap to secure the bag against the taped edges.  It's quicker than trying to wrap each one in plastic sheeting.

2.  Use plastic to test for smoothness. 

I learned this from a dear friend who does snazzy, high-end automotive painting.

After sanding, things may look smooth to the eye.  They may feel smooth to the touch.

But put your hand in a plastic shopping bag or vinyl glove, and run it over the surface.  You'll feel every nub and edge that will haunt you later! 

This "boo-boo" was on the top of the dresser.

But the problem vanished!

3.  Paint details with a 3/4" or 1" artist's flat brush.
This brush is my best friend!  Pull the full span of the bristles against the molding profile for a nice, clean edge.  No tape necessary!

Or use the flat side to highlight edges.

It's always the right size for the job.

4.  Keep a WET EDGE
Whether you're painting detail on a piece of furniture or the trim on your doors, always paint from DRY INTO WET.   The paint blends back into itself to create a smooth continuous layer and you won't see any stop and start brush marks.

Hope this helps with your projects.


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