How to Transform Furniture with Color - How To Paint Furniture Tips - Home Decorating & Painting Advice

How to Transform Furniture with Color - How To Paint Furniture Tips

To change the look and feel of your room you don’t have to go straight to the walls with that paint brush.  DIY Blogger Stefanie Schiada of Brooklyn Limestone says grab an inspiring piece of furniture and go to town.

It’s often been said that paint is the easiest and cheapest way to transform any room. The old adage is often true but doesn’t end with just the walls. Taking even less paint and time than repainting a whole room, you can update an old bit of furniture into a gorgeous personality piece that makes a room! How To Paint Furniture - It’s easy. 

Step 1: Start by finding your subject

Dumpster diving, yard sales and raiding Granny’s attic are all great ways to score. Ignore the condition and current color by focusing on the shape, size and lines of the piece. Do you love it? Is it a fit? Great! Let’s pick a shade. This is where you can let your inner wild child out. If your favorite shade is the blue of the Aegean Sea or the brightest orange peel, don’t be afraid. A bold color works so well on smaller pieces. 

Step 2: Find the right paint colors

This is the fun part. Take time to find the right paint color for each piece of furniture so that it fits in with your décor. 

Step 3: Time to prep!

Remove all of the hardware and give it a good scrub down with a degreaser (I use TSP). Follow that with a light sanding* to give the paint something to grip on to. Then it’s time for the color—a quart of paint will cover quite a lot of furniture. Finally, you can add a coat of polyurethane if you want a more durable finish (water based polyurethane is best to avoid yellowing commonly caused with oil based polyurethane). I often skip this step but I would recommend it if you are using the piece in a high-traffic area. 

Allow your piece to dry and cure completely (which can take up to 30 days) before giving it a full beating. Voila! You now have a one-of-a-kind piece of furniture in a color and shape you love that cost you almost nothing. 

As always, please refer to the Product Label, Technical Data Sheet and Safety Data Sheet for safety and detailed application instructions.

*WARNING! If you scrape, sand, or remove old paint, you may release lead dust. LEAD IS TOXIC. EXPOSURE TO LEAD DUST CAN CAUSE SERIOUS ILLNESS, SUCH AS BRAIN DAMAGE, ESPECIALLY IN CHILDREN. PREGNANT WOMEN SHOULD ALSO AVOID EXPOSURE. Wear a NIOSH-approved respirator to control lead exposure. Clean up carefully with a HEPA vacuum and a wet mop. Before you start, find out how to protect yourself and your family by contacting the National Lead Information Hotline at 1-800-424-LEAD or log on to  

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