How do you start your furniture painting project?

Firstly, you need to ensure the item you are painting is free of any flaking paint and dirt. Pre-1930 and 1940’s paint on some furniture may” bleed through”, this mainly occurs where it has been varnished. Other furniture may have been waxed or varnished which may cause the paint to discolour. It is a good idea to thoroughly wash down with a solution of white vinegar and water equal parts. Allow to dry.

Don’t forget to remove decorative items such as handles and hinges unless you can mask them before you start painting. Set these aside in a small jar or suitable container. You can use your own inspiration to paint the handles or replace. Some old flat head screws may have been used, if these are damaged consider replacing them with new suitable sized screws.

Protect the surrounding area with suitable covers to avoid painting things you did not want to paint!
Ensure your painted surface is clean and free of dust!

Sometimes it is advantageous to turn your furniture upside down if possible. Painting chairs upside down allows you to get to all those tricky bits. If you to wish to flatten your brush strokes when the paint is dry a kitchen sponge comes in handy.

Now you are ready to paint

Make sure you stir the paint thoroughly before use. You may prefer to decant just enough paint for your project into a paint kettle. This avoids excess paint drying on the lid, and avoids contaminating the paint in the tin with dust and other debris you may pick up on your brush.

The first coat should be laid on thin with even long brush strokes. Make sure you work your brush into any nooks and crannies! Our round chalk brushes are ideal for this.

*After the first coat if a “bleed through” occurs it will be now, once the paint is fully dry. If this happens apply two coats of Acrylic Sealer before applying the second coat of Vintage Furniture Paint.

To finish

Our Vintage Furniture paint is easy to use and has super opacity which means they cover extremely well. These paints are soft and durable but do require a protective finish to keep that superb chalky finish. This can be achieved using either our Wax or Acrylic Lacquer. Wax should be applied with a soft cloth or wax brush then buffed after a few minutes to a lovely sheen. The Lacquer should be applied with an ordinary brush. Be careful not to allow drips and “even out” the lacquer to achieve the best results.

Unless you are intending to distress the furniture, you can, if you wish, sand your project between coats, this will offer you a flat finish. Use light grade sandpaper with a grit value of at least 180 (the higher the number, the finer the sandpaper). Using lighter grade sandpaper will not take off too much paint.

If you want to achieve a vintage look then choose two different colours for your base and top coat. Then sand the second coat to reveal the base coat to your liking. Then to protect the surface coating apply a wax coating and buff up.

Cleaning your equipment

For brushes, remove as much paint as possible then rinse with clean cold water under the tap. Fan the brush with your fingers until you cannot see any colour coming from the brush and allow to dry. Tip: If you are in between coats you could completely cover them with cling film, this avoids having to clean the brush. This is fine if you are using the same colour but does not apply if the second coat is a different colour. This is great if you intend painting the same day or the next day but do not leave for any length of time in cling film.

Preparation Done Right – Cleaning, Sanding, and Masking