Painting and glazing wood furniture can give your pieces an entirely new look -- be it polished or antiqued. Using any color paint you want, and either a clear or tinted glaze, you can turn functional pieces into statement pieces in just a few easy steps.
Things You'll Need
- Latex paint
- Roller brush
- Wood glaze
- Foam pad
- Paper towels
- Polyurethane top coat
Remove any knobs or other hardware from the furniture. If this is not possible, carefully tape off the hardware with painter's tape to protect it.
Sand the entire piece of furniture thoroughly using 220-grit sandpaper. Wipe the piece down with a damp, lint-free towel to remove any dust or dirt and let it dry.
Apply a wood primer to the entire piece of furniture. You can use a spray-on primer, which can save time, or paint the primer on with a small roller brush. Use a detailing paintbrush to get into crevices that the roller cannot reach. Let the primer dry for one to two hours.
Paint the wood furniture with a latex paint in your color of choice. As with the primer, use a small roller to cover large areas and a small paintbrush to get into the corners of the piece. Let the first coat dry for two to three hours, and then apply a second coat. Let this dry for two to three hours, as well. If you are using a light color, you may need additional coats to completely cover the wood.
Sand the furniture lightly to smooth the surface. If you are going for a distressed look, sand more roughly in certain areas, removing the paint in some places. Use a hammer to create dents or crevices in the wood. Once you are finished, lightly wipe the furniture down with a damp, lint-free cloth and allow it to dry.
Apply wood glaze in small sections using a foam brush or pad, making sure to saturate the wood fully. Let the glaze dry for at least four hours.
Wipe off the excess with paper towels. The manner in which you wipe off the glaze will produce different effects. Play around with your technique to achieve the desired look.
Apply a polyurethane topcoat with a small roller brush and paintbrush to seal the wood, protecting its new painted and glazed finish. Let this dry for two to four hours, or overnight.
Replace any removed hardware once the piece is dry.
Tips & Warnings
- Work in a well-ventilated area at all times.
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