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We’ve seen a spike in the number of online readers searching for tips on how to paint furniture. It’s a quick, inexpensive way to give old pieces a dramatic new look, which can transform an entire room.

Designer Tyler Wisler says, “Painting is always the easiest and quickest way to give any outdated piece of furniture an instant makeover, but the key to all of it, regardless of the color choice, is to prep. Prep, prep, prep those pieces correctly! Just grabbing a can of paint and having at it will inevitably end in cracked and peeling paint in no time. A good once over with a fine grit sandpaper, then a thorough wipe down with a damp cloth to get rid of any dust particles, is the simplest way to get the paint to stick to the piece and will last so much longer!”

How to Paint Furniture

If you want to give it a try, follow these “8 Simple Steps on How to Paint Furniture.”

After you’ve done the prep work, get creative!

The October/November 2012 issue of HGTV Magazine featured DIY projects using inexpensive mini sample jars of paint.

How to Paint Furniture with Sample Jars of Paint, from the Experts at HGTV Magazine

If you’re going for a vintage look, check out our step-by-step guide on “How to Distress Furniture.”

How to Distress Furniture

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34 Responses

  1. Denise says:

    I want to paint my bedroom furniture white. The style is country French, and the wood is a dark brown fruitwood. The pieces are detailed with a lot of grooves. What should I do? What should I use for prep and for paint? Also, the furniture is a bit beat up with scratches from several moves and age. It is thirty-seven years old.

  2. karen loudermilk says:

    i love painted furniture. i recently pinted my kitchen cabinets white, with youir help and they turned out great!! thanks

  3. For me spray painting is the best and easiest way of putting coat on your furniture whether its made of wood or other materials. Using a brush or roller most often leaves uneven finish.

  4. leland says:

    i need help, I want to paint a ballard kitchen island light distressed blue and it is currently black……………..

  5. cool furniture says:

    Tyler Wisler you say absolutely right. This article is good contain nice tips on paint a furniture.

  6. Kalie says:

    I really love painted furniture because It gives a new styles and make our home interior incredible one…I'm planning to paint my kitchen cabinets…I need your help..How could I get started to paint my kitchen cabinets?
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  8. Jeannie says:

    I'm afraid after I paint the furniture, I may want to go back to the original wood. Will I be able to do that?

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