February 08, 2021

How to Paint Furniture - A Beginner’s Guide

Furniture plays a significant role in your home’s décor. Unfortunately, even the most expensive pieces can degrade quicker than you would prefer. When this happens, you might be left with tattered, old fittings and furnishings that you’re desperate to swap.

But there’s no need to splash out on expensive substitutes – not when you understand the basics of how to paint furniture. With a handful of simple and easy-to-implement tips, you can quickly and effectively restore your favourite pieces to their former glory.

All you need to do is check out our beginner’s guide for painting furniture below. Alternatively, you can watch our brand ambassador Craig Phillips do his thing on Frenchic TV.

What you’ll need:

Why do you need a roller and a brush?

A roller and a paintbrush do the same thing but in slightly different ways. Normally, you can pick whichever suits your style – for example, a roller is quicker and less hassle – but it’s essential to have both when taking on furniture.

The straightforward reason is that most furnishings have multiple features and tackling all of them with a single piece of equipment is often slower and more cumbersome. A brush will take care of the delicate regions, such as table legs, while the roller will rapidly cover the larger areas, such as the tabletop.

Remember that when it comes to painting furniture, the key is to be prepared to avoid small and unnecessary obstacles. That includes cleaning down the item first to make sure the paint can adhere.

How to paint furniture

Step 1: Put the item in a comfortable position

Not for the furniture – for you! If you look at any piece of furniture, you’ll probably wonder how you’re going to complete the job without making a mess. There’s no doubt fittings and furnishings can be bulky, which is partly why painting them is challenging.

Thankfully, Craig has an excellent tip – position the item so that it’s in the most suitable position. In the video, he does this by turning a table upside down, forcing the legs to point into the air. That way, it’s much easier to apply paint without getting in the way of yourself.

Plus, it will already start to dry as you address the other features. Hopefully, this will prevent messy marks and smudges from appearing.

Step 2: Go with the grain

This is particularly important for wooden furniture. Because timber is a live material, it has different aspects that you won’t find with plastics or metals. The grain – the way the wood runs – is an integral part of the aesthetics.

Therefore, painting away from it will make the final product appear bumpy and patchy in some instances. By going with the flow of the wood, the paint should stick much more easily thanks to the natural grooves.

You should be able to check the flow of the grain by looking at the wood because the fibres stand out, making them easy to spot.

Step 3: Apply a second coat

Frenchic’s Lazy Range is designed to give you the ultimate coverage with self-levelling properties. Still, it’s important to give the furniture a second coat of paint because a dark undercoat can peek through, especially if you’re opting for a lighter, contrasting shade.

The trick is to let it dry. When the item is bone dry, the colour will suddenly become solid and appear much more opaque. Craig leaves his table to dry for around an hour in the video, but it depends on several factors, including the paint you use, how much is on the brush/roller and the temperature of the room.

If in doubt, dab it lightly with a cloth or piece of kitchen paper, being careful not to leave a mark if it’s still damp.

Step 4: Don’t apply too much pressure

Roller-enthusiasts will enjoy getting the job done quickly and efficiently. However, you shouldn’t get too excited because exerting too much pressure can cause the roller to skid. You want to avoid this as it will ruin the finish of the item, so you should attempt to apply the same level of pressure as you would if you use a paintbrush.

A clever hack is to only put a small amount of paint on your roller. As Craig points out, going overboard with the paint will lead to drips and uneven coverage. For those who are worried about small marks, you can place a piece of tape along the problem area to negate any errors.

For further tips, explore the full guide to painting furniture on our inspiration blog.

Why use the Frenchic Lazy Range?

Frenchic’s Lazy Range is a fantastic partner in crime for many reasons. Our customers love the colours, and we hope you will too, but we know you’ll enjoy the lack of hard work. The Lazy Range takes the effort out of painting since it’s infused with wax. As a result, there’s no need for a primer.

Frenchic – providing inspiration for DIY projects

Knowing how to paint furniture isn’t as difficult as it sounds. At Frenchic, we aim to take the annoying hurdles out of your way so that you don’t fall into any traps. As well as plenty of inspiration and top tips on the Frenchic blog, you can find a selection of helpful how-to videos on our YouTube channel


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