I have gotten a few emails and questions from readers about my painting “techniques”, and about the many different methods for painting furniture.
It would be great if you could do a post on how to stitch cushions (hand made) especially and also on painting the furniture.
I would truly appreciate any advice with regards to painting wood.
Well, the truth of the matter is that, although I have been painting furniture for a long, long time, I am not that comfortable giving advice about it. But let me give you a few ideas.
Different Methods for Painting Furniture:
From the pictures I easy to see how each technique is different from another, and how they work. Here’s a handy illustration:
You can see the brush strokes in the first ones. I had to look for a spot where they were visible to make this picture, they are generally not that bad.
The foam roller gives a smoother, more even finish, albeit a bit textured. I like the texture a lot. And, if I can do it, I always chose paint roller over any other method, but your mileage may vary.
Spray paint is, of course, the gold standard. This particular item was painted with canned spray paint, but that gets expensive really fast. If you are painting big items then you will be needing a real sprayer. Here’s a little sprayer that got fantastic reviews from Amazon*.
I haven’t bought it, so I am not endorsing it.
How about my favorite tip for painting with a foam roller?
Apologies for the suckitude of my drawings. I am totally out of practice.
This is usually how I paint flat surfaces with a roller. It prevents paint buildup on the edges, which will most certainly require a lot of work to fix.
Now some quick tips:
- I add some thinner to the paint to reduce marks. I usually add about 10% thinner, adding a bit more if the paint has dried out (I always use enamel, other paints might be different).
- I disassemble as much of the furniture as possible. It is a lot easier to paint individual pieces and then re-assemble.
I let enamel dry at least 8 hours between coats, 12 if it is a humid day. I sand with a 800-grit sandpaper between coats, enough to dull the shine. It gives better adhesion.
- I let the piece “cure” at least 24 hours, preferable 3 days before using it. Even if it’s dry to the touch you can scratch the paint if it’s not properly cured.
- If the wood is “virgin” I don’t prime. For some people this is sacrilege, but it works for me. If the wood has already been painted, it’s best to strip it and prime, the wood pores would be sealed and adhesion would be poorer.
Any tips of your own you’d like share? If you know any other interesting source, please share it too.
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