For some of us, there I something inherently fun about crafting. Whether it’s taking nothing and creating something or just repurposing the old into the new, a good DIY project can add a sense of accomplishment to interior decorating. But there’s a world of difference between painting a picture and painting a cabinet, so he’s a fast guide on customizing furniture.
What can be painted?
By far, the easiest materials to paint are wood and plywood, as they are porous and paint should stick to it easily. Wood can also stained in a variety of colors for a more natural look, if desired. Particle board can also be painted, but may need a sealant or, if it’s been covered by a thick plastic seal, primer to allow it to stick. Some metals can be painted as well if well-primed but plastics, especially PVCs, are very difficult to paint. Lastly, upholstery should not be painted but can, depending on the furniture, be replaced with a different color of material.
When is the best time to paint?
Generally, the best way to paint furniture is when it is in individual pieces, either before new furniture has been assembled either at home or by a furniture assembly service, or after any easily-dismantled pieces have been broken down or removed. Take out any shelves or drawers and paint or stain them separately so that you won’t miss any hidden spots and to prevent painting any seams closed.
How do I paint?
First of all, paint in a well-ventilated area away from children and pets. Make sure the paint you are using is recommended for the material you’re painting. Remove any old paint or staining with a recommended solvent or by buffing with sandpaper, covering your nose and mouth, and then follow the directions on the paint bottle or can. Remember that dry, cool to warm temperatures are best for painting and sealing, and to always be safe as possible.