Hey guys! My grandmother, Gam, recently moved from New Jersey to Georgia (to keep me company) and gave me a bunch of her old furniture to fix up and use in our home. The first project I am going to share with you is how I gave her old buffet a serious face lift. I love to paint wood furniture because it really transforms tarnished pieces.
Here is a look at my grandmother’s buffet before I began this project. It was super scratched from the move and needed a little TLC. I had to sand the top ALL THE WAY DOWN to get rid of those deep indentations.
Anywho, these are the steps I take to paint wood furniture…
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How To Paint Wood Furniture
Step 1: Remove all hardware, doors, and drawers. Put your hardware in a safe spot just in case you need it later. I reused the hinges and bought new pulls. If you are changing out the pulls, use wood filler (I like Elmer’s) to fill the holes.
Step 2: Sand your furniture to smooth the finish (if any scratches) and create a grip for the primer. If your wood furniture looks anything like this, you will need to go over it a couple times. I used an electrical sander (so my arm wouldn’t fall off). Remove any left over residue from sanding with a tack cloth. After this step I also cleaned the whole buffet with a TSP Substitute to make sure there was no grime or anything left behind.
Step 3: Apply your primer. I like Zinsser Cover Stain (Oil Based) Primer because it is SUPER THICK and covers well with one or two coats. I applied this primer with a smooth foam roller to prevent unwanted brush strokes. For the intricate parts, I used a Wooster Shortcut Angle Sash Paintbrush. It is essential that you apply the primer on smooth. Any brush strokes left behind will show up under the paint (as you will see in a few pictures below). I sanded using a 220 grit sandpaper between coats. Read the directions on your can if you need more guidance.
Step 4: Apply 2- 3 coats of paint to your furniture. To reduce the appearance of brush strokes and increase drying time, mix your paint with a paint conditioner such as Floetrol (for latex paints) or Penetrol (for oil-based paints). This really decreased the appearance of paint drag and frustration for me. Lightly sand with a very fine sandpaper between coats. For this buffet, I used the color Dusky Gray by Sherwin Williams– the perfect greige.
I’m not sure if I drilled holes for the hardware first or applied the polycrylic so I will just list these steps in the order that I believe the should be done.
Step 5: Drill holes for your new hardware. I put a little chalk on the holes of the hardware and made a copy on our printer. I then cut out the template of the perfectly placed holes and taped it to the buffet where I wanted the hardware to be placed. Next, I drilled the holes straight through the paper and VIOLIA! No guesswork and measuring!
Step 5: I vacuumed the dust and debris off the buffet with my hand held vacuum before I applied my polycrylic. Apply Minwax Polycrylic to the entire piece of furniture. I applied 2 coats to the top of the buffet as it will probably get the most wear. Polycrylic is awesome because it wont yellow over time like plain polyurethane.
Step 6: Screw in the new hardware and replace the doors/ drawers.
Then, I went to Hobby Lobby for the candle holders and lantern.
I painted this mirror that some friends and I picked up from Michaels for $10 before my sister-n-law’s wedding. I’ve had this mirror for years and I am finally getting some use out of it.
Here is the finished look. I have been working on this project off and on for a couple months. My girls don’t make it easy for me to get a big project like this done. Thankfully, I bought a paint sprayer for my next paint project. =]
Here is a list of all of the products I mentioned throughout this post for your convenience.
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