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How to paint furniture

30th September 2015

Furniture painting can be a rewarding activity, with just a little time, effort and creativity the results can be amazing and it is so satisfying to know you’ve created something that is truly unique.

 

We’ve recently launched a new range of paints which have been created specifically for those special furniture painting projects so if you have been thinking about a furniture painting project check out the lovely colours available in our new Eco Chic range.

 

Where to begin?

Wardrobes and chests of drawers are popular items but if you are just starting out and want to hone your skills it is a good idea to start with a few smaller projects. That way you can try out different techniques and experiment before embarking on a larger item like that big old double wardrobe.

 

An old mirror with a tired looking frame or an old fashioned wooden jewellery box can be brought bang up to date with a coat of one of our stunning colours. Picture frames can be painted to coordinate with your existing colour scheme or to provide an accent colour.

 

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Techniques

Of course colour choice is key but there are also lots of techniques you can use to achieve different results.

 

Distressing
Choose two colours, one for a bottom coat and one for a top coat; the undercoat will show through on the parts that you sand. First paint your chosen item in one colour, allow it to dry then apply the top coat in your second colour. Take a piece of medium-grade sandpaper and rub gently on the areas you want to expose, revealing the colour underneath. You can use this approach to create a very subtle effect or continue sanding to reveal more of the underlying shade.

 

Texture
Try using different brush strokes to create texture. Stippling or swirling your brush will give you different results which can add interest to a piece.

 

 

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Patterns
There are various techniques to create patterns on your furniture. A simple approach is to use masking tape. Start with simple but effective stripes or try something more adventurous!

 

Colour wash
Colour washes allow you to retain the wood grain whilst adding character to a piece. Use a damp cloth and have a pot of water to hand. Apply a diluted coat of paint (around 2 parts water to 8 parts paint) and use the cloth to lightly wipe away as you paint. More paint can be added if you wipe away too much.

 

 

These are just a few ideas, the possibilities are endless! Pinterest and You Tube are great places to go for more inspiration and for tips and advice. Our new Eco Chic painting kits also come with a how to guide to help you get started.

 

We always love to see the end results so please do share your projects with us on social media!

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