6 Essential Steps When Painting Furniture

Alright, friends. I’d like to have a little chat about painting furniture… I have seen tons of tutorials and projects on Pinterest and I’m deeply saddened to see the results! Don’t be fooled by those posts that say, “No sanding or priming required!” Sure, skip those steps if you want your furniture to look good for less than 10 minutes.

Here’s the gist: Whatever way you do it, it takes work to paint furniture. So if you’re going to put in the effort, make sure you do it the RIGHT way! No shortcuts!

The hubs and I have refinished lots of furniture over the past year and (after some trial & error) here are the steps we make sure to take each time so we get a good finish that lasts.

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Refinishing Wood Furniture with Stain and Chalk Paint

I think 2017 is the year for makeovers for us! First, our master bathroom, second, our guest bathroom, third, these coffee tables! We haven’t had much success refinishing wood furniture over the past year, but I’m happy to report that this time was a success! It took a bit of elbow grease, but as you can see these coffee tables were in desperate need of a little lightening up:

DIY Coffee Table Before

These were hand-me-downs from my parents that kinda needed a facelift. I was Pinterest-ing awhile back and found an AWESOME project from Nifty Thrifty Mama where she put a new wood top on an existing coffee table. It seemed like the perfect solution for our coffee tables since I wanted to do a natural wood on the top and a clean white chalk paint on the bottom.

EXCEPT, we went to Home Depot to buy some oak wood, and it cost over $150!! Um, no thank you. I could buy new coffee tables for that much. And these aren’t even the nicest tables to begin with!

I conferred with my DIY Sage, AKA my mom, and she said the tables actually had a wood veneer underneath the paint, so we could strip it off and stain the wood. Hmmm… 🤔

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A Stripping & Painting Weekend

Over the weekend, Mr. Rissler and I decided to take a stab at chalk painting a dresser we keep in our walk-in closet. This was our first time using chalk paint, so we wanted to test it out before taking on anything too big and noticeable. This dresser was a hand-me-down from my parents and in need of a little TLC!

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Chalk paint is known for requiring little-to-no prep work (e.g. sanding and priming), but we still needed to lightly sand it to remove the loose paint around the drawers. If you don’t remove loose paint, it can peel off soon after the new coat has dried and undo your hard work!  😥

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