Revisiting Painting Furnitire - How-To
So I got this little note from Gabriela...
" How do you paint old furniture and make it look good the way you do?? Do you strip it first or just paint over it, what kind of paint , what is the best way?? I really appreciate your time, and again, I just love your blog !!! Thanks so much, Gabriela"
Well, I've done a quick little tutorial on how I prep and paint the furniture I refinish here. Those are the basics...here are a couple more details to answer your specific q's Gabriela (great name.) Hope it helps.
I typically use just regular, old, latex paint (if it isn't going to be heavily used, or in contact with water.) I'm not loyal to any specific brand, I make my choices off of colors, and whoever has the specific color I like/want is the winner. I'm also a huge fan of mixing my own colors. As you know, I do a lot of pieces and inevitably have left over paint. I have made some of the best colors I've ever used just by mixing existing paints. Plus, it's cost effective too!
Another tip to get that smooth look is to fill all the dents and scratches prior to painting with paint-able spackle (filler.) Then after it has dried you sand it til it's smooth. and then you will have a nice surface to paint over.
As I said, in the "how-to" I previously posted, I use Kilz primer...the spray kind specifically. So, make sure and have a VERY well ventilated area, and/or use a respirator, as this stuff will put hair on your chest.
And also, as far as poly-urethane is concerned, I typically use water-based (over latex paint only.) But, I do love oil-based when you want a super durable finish. Also, it tends to really richen darker colors, as there is a depth that, in my opinion, only oil-based poly can provide.
So, there are the basics...hope that helps! Thanks again for writing and reading this little old blog of mine.