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Procedure Used to Paint Antique Furniture


Wooden furniture may have been treated with paint or varnish, and dirt and grease may have accumulated over the years. Before applying your paint, you must properly prepare the surface. You can also:

  • Wash and scrape the surface with wet and dry paper with a mild detergent.
  • Pass the sponge through the surface and then use an appropriate primer.


Wood Primer should only be used on bare wood furniture. If your furniture has been previously painted or varnished, use a multi-surface primer. For the decorative coat, look for paints labeled “wood and metal” such as gloss, satin and eggshell. If the piece has fine details such as doors, start with these.

Cover the surface with paint and then use the brush to extend it uniformly. Brush the paint left and right, followed by up and down movements to ensure uniform coverage. Let it out and repeat the operation to add another coat.

How to Paint Antique Wood Furniture ?

Step 1: sandpaper if necessary.

If your piece has 100 years of dirt and deep scratches, you will have to sand it. To achieve a smooth finish, I use a progression of sandpaper grains from 60, 120 to 220. The lower the number on the sandpaper, the thicker the grain. Your goal here is to achieve a smooth surface.

Step 2: Clean with tsp.

Then I cleaned it with TSP which degreases and cleans the wood furniture. It’s important to wear gloves, and I like to wear a respirator when working with chemicals. You’ll be surprised how much dirt comes off your furniture! I only use paper towels to make cleaning easy.

Step 3: apply your paint.

Choosing the right paint for your project is a matter of personal preference. When painting furniture, you usually work with lime finish paints and oil or enamel based paints.

Use a small foam roller for flat furniture surfaces and a 2-inch brush for the rest. When painting, try not to roll or brush an area too much. I used two coats of paint and waited approximately 12 hours between each coat. Your furniture is now painted.

How to Paint Formica Antique Furniture ?

  1. Proper preparation is the key to success when repainting formica; The reason is that laminates like formica are not porous, so a special base is needed for the paint to adhere.
  2. Clean dirty formica surfaces, such as cabinet doors, with a household degreaser, allowing it to dry completely. Sand the formica gently with fine grain sandpaper, just enough to scrape it lightly; then wipe off the dust with a soft cloth.
  3. Use masking tape to cover any areas you do not want to paint, then apply to the formica a primer made specifically for laminates. Use a brush or roller to apply your chosen primer in a thin layer; then wait for it to dry as recommended on the label.
  4. Once the primer is completely dry and cured, it is time to paint. Pour a high quality, multi-purpose latex enamel paint into a paint tray; then brush or roll over the formica in thin, smooth layers.
  5. Opt for a semi-gloss paint for best results; Although enamels cure with a hard finish, the higher the gloss level of the paint, the more durable and washable the finish, which is very important in areas such as kitchens and bathrooms. Allow the first coat of paint to dry as recommended on the label before applying a second coat.

How to Paint Vintage Furniture ?

Step 1: Choose your enamel or paint

Step 2: Prepare Surfaces

Step 3: Paint a base color

Step 4: Apply Glaze

Step 5: Apply polyurethane.

Step 6: Cleaning

Painting Antique or Old Furniture in White

  • Preparation is probably the most important step in furniture painting.
  • Now that your furniture is clean, sanded and prepared, use primer before painting the furniture white.
  • When priming furniture, I tend to find that a simple foam roller works best for flat areas, and a chip brush works well for getting into details or cracks.
  • When painting furniture white, even with a primer, you’ll need a minimum of two coats of white paint. There’s less pigment in white furniture paint, which sometimes looks like it’s seen through.

Transforming Antique Furniture into Modern

  1. If it’s a very old antique and the finish is completely gone, then a painted finish might do the trick. In any case, you will need a finish, so painting may be a reasonable alternative.
  2. We had an antique French game table from the 19th century with a completely ruined finish. Every square inch of the piece needed repainting. We painted it matte black (it was also mahogany). It was beautiful and renovated.
  3. Chalk paint can be used to paint almost anything (walls, kitchen cabinets, metal, wood and even fabric), but the most common use is to breathe new life into old furniture or make new pieces look old.

Painting Old Unsanded Furniture

  • Using the degreaser, apply with a brush. Let it penetrate the wood for 15 minutes. Clean with a cloth. Then you are ready to prime and paint.
  • As a test print and paint a small area and let the paint dry.
  • With your fingernail or coin, make a scratch test to make sure the paint adheres to the wood correctly.

How to Paint a Wooden Furniture in Aged White ?

Place your piece on a sandpaper cloth and lightly sand the wood to create a rough surface. Apply different levels of pressure when sanding; this makes the wood absorb more paint in some areas. Clean with a cloth or rag.

Apply white base paint

Using your darkest paint shade, apply a first coat to the furniture. Spread the paint thin enough to allow cracks to show through. Let the paint dry for 24 hours.

Washing the paint

Place a small amount of your lighter shade of paint in a container. Mix in water, 1 teaspoon at a time, until the paint is thin as a wash, but not so thin that it bubbles when applied.

Apply the top coat

Apply the wash to the table using a foam brush. While wet, clean some areas with paper towels to achieve an aged look. Let the paint dry for 24 hours.

Relief edges

To create an even older look, lightly sand the edges and corners of the table with fine-grained sandpaper, concentrating on the edges and areas of natural wear to make it look authentic.

Painting Antique Furniture with Chalk

1 Choose your painting piece and collect supplies.

Because the remaining natural wood has a beautiful reddish color, the color of the paint chosen is a darker blue (when it wears out later, red will appear in some places, making a nice contrast).

2 Clean the furniture.

You don’t need to remove anything from your furniture, including old paint or old finishes, but you do need to make sure it’s clean and dry. Plain soapy water is the best option.

3 Use the brush to paint your furniture.

Here’s the real beauty of using chalk paint. You don’t have to be careful so that all your brush strokes go in the same direction; you don’t have to make sure the coverage is uniform; you don’t even have to paint all the corners if you don’t want to.

4 Sand lightly to create the perfect look in difficulty.

Make sure you’re using fine-grained sandpaper. The rougher the sandpaper, the deeper the grooves created in the furniture. You’re not trying to sand through the wood, just all the way under that layer of paint.

5 Clean up sanding dust.

Wet one of the towels in the store and wipe all the furniture with a damp towel. You’re trying to collect the dust you generated with the sandpaper.

6 Apply the wax.

  • Chalk paint lacks a sealer that holds most of the paint and therefore requires a wax to seal the color and prevent water or other residue from entering the finish. First, make sure the paint is completely dry.
  • You need to use a separate brush to apply the wax.
  • Apply the wax generously in small sections at a time. Use the shop towels to clean the excess of wax as you go.

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