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5 Glaring Errors To Avoid When Painting Old Furniture
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If you have old furniture, it can be tempting to toss it away and start anew. Oftentimes, a better idea is to take paint and turn those old, unwanted items into new treasures. While this type of project is relatively easy, even for the do-it-yourself novice, there are some mistakes to avoid if you want to get it right.
1. Forgetting To Sand
The idea behind painting old furniture is to make it look fresh. How can you do this if there are bumps and grit visible beneath the surface? Using a little sandpaper can go a long way. Sandpaper sheets are not expensive at all and can be found at hardware stores everywhere. For larger projects, invest in a durable sander to make the job faster and easier. Even if the item you are painting seems pretty smooth, sand it anyway for good measure.
2. Leaving the Hardware On
Cabinet knobs and other hardware should be removed before you start painting. If you get splashes of paint on them, the item won't look professionally finished, and you might have to invest in new hardware when you didn't plan to. For example, if you take an old scratched dresser and paint it black, shiny, clean knobs will complement it well. Having streaks of black paint marring them means the furniture will not have the finished look you were after.
3. Using a Linty Cloth to Clean Things
Cleaning the furniture you intend to paint is essential since residue can cause several aesthetic problems. With that said, you should always invest in a lint-free cloth to clean up with. Microfiber works well for most projects. The last thing you want is to see visible lint blended in with the paint. Do not guess as to whether or not a cloth is lint-free; only use those that are specifically labeled as such.
4. Having No Patience
When painting old furniture, give each coat ample time to dry thoroughly. This also applies to the drying time for the entire project. Rushing through things and adding additional coats on top of those that are still wet can make things look a bit clunky. Waiting a decent amount of time will ensure your paint job is as sleek and smooth as possible.
5. Failing to Add a Protective Layer
After you are done painting, always add a top coat. This can be matt or glossy. Not only will this give it a nice sheen, but it will stop dust and debris from settling on the paint. Getting rid of any dirt will be as simple as wiping the furniture down with a damp cloth. This added layer will also protect the paint and make your project piece last longer.
Instead of tossing your old furniture into the trash pile, consider saving it with a high-quality paint job. If you want to have the best possible outcome, take your time, use the right equipment and add a finishing coat. As a last resort, call in a professional to help to keep your furniture looking great and perfectly accenting your home decor.
About The Author
Renee Hopkins runs an innovative and affordable home decor site. Visit Chic Home Accents to find everything you need to make your rooms beautiful, comfortable and chic.
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