Tips for painting furniture to save money and rejuvenate outdated pieces

(NC) Do you have a piece of furniture that is outdated or no longer in keeping with your decor? Maybe it is a family heirloom passed down through the years or a fabulous flea market find. If so, you might want to think twice about throwing it out. All it takes is a simple coat of paint to dramatically transform the furniture in your home. You’ll be amazed by the dramatic results you get for a minimal cost. Plus, upcycling reduces waste, which is always a bonus. Make refinishing furniture a fun weekend project and give your outdated pieces a second chance at life with these simple steps:

1. Lightly sand to remove any chips and ensure you’re left with a smooth surface. Brush off any remaining dust.
2. Spot prime affected areas or bare surfaces before applying a uniform primed coat.
3. Apply one coat of primer and let it dry completely. Para Premium Primer 151 is a good choice to ensure proper adhesion. Sand gently and brush off all leftover dust.
4. Apply one coat of paint and let it dry completely. Sand any rough spots before applying the second and final coat.
5. When selecting the top coat paint, note that glossier finishes are more durable.

When it comes to choosing a colour for your piece, choose one that works well with the overall scheme. If you’re unsure about what colour to use or only need to paint a small item, Para offers the Samples of Style colour tester. You also have to think about how the painted furniture will be incorporated into your space, depending on the look you’re going for. One bright piece can create a bold statement, or several refinished items that work as a set can create a more uniform look.

When you refinish furniture, you’re not only adding colour, you’re completely altering its style, which makes for a great accent or conversation piece in any space. So this weekend, get creative 1and transform an old piece into something you’ll enjoy for years to come.

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