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Learn step-by-step how-to paint an old, tired-looking piece of furniture and turn it into a brand new looking piece that you’ll love for years to come.

Step by Step Painting Wooden Furniture Directions:

How to Paint Wood Furniture:


  1. Protect the floor and yourself. Put down a drop cloth. Use masks, gloves, and a well-ventilated area.
  2. Place the furniture on the drop cloth.
  3. Prep the piece by removing extra hardware or dirt by wiping clean.
  4. Patch any chips or holes with wood filler. Apply to the most damaged parts only.
  5. Sand the furniture with the grain — removing any finish. Start with 100 grit and finish with 200.
  6. Wipe down with a wet rag.
  7. Apply a quality wood primer or multi-surface primer.
  8. Now for the painting: Feather the close areas and finish with the easier wide surfaces.
  9. Allow to dry and inspect for any mistakes. Apply a second coat as needed and allow a whole day to dry.
  10. Apply a clear finish and allow to completely dry.
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