Prepped and Primed

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Giving a dated piece of furniture a face-lift is one of the easiest ways to bring a new look to any room. Whether painting a side table or refinishing a dresser, the rules of where to begin are the same. Before you slap on a new coat of paint and embelish with fancy new hardware, it’s all about the prep work.

Clean furniture is happy furniture.

The first step is to give your piece a good dusting using a clean cloth. No need to spray with harsh cleansers, just a good wipe down should do the trick.


To sand or not to sand.

Not every peice of furniture has to be sanded. In fact, such a messy task can often be avoided. If you are planning to refinish a wooden piece, you have no choice but to strip every inch of old varnish from its surface, but if painting is in your game plan, a solid coat of high-quality primer should do the trick. If you are up for the fumes, oil-based primer will give you the best result.

Have a favorite DIY trick.

Use a few nails to prop up the legs of your project to make sure you have the cleanest possible result. For lightweight pieces especially, this is a great way to make sure every inch of the legs receive an even coat of paint.


Once you are prepped and primed, it’s time to get down to business: the paint and polish. Happy rehabbing!

– Cara Wilkerson writes the real estate and home improvement blog Live the Home Life.

Photo Credits: Cara Wilkerson

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