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Beginners Guide to Furniture Painting

                    

NEW TO PAINTING FURNITURE?   

Here’s some tips to help you get started.  Enjoy!   And be careful it can be addictive.

EQUIPMENT

What you will need to get the job done.

  • Sugar soap and warm water
  • Lint free rags, toothbrush and foam scrubbing pad
  • 180 to 220 grit sandpaper
  • Base and Blocker (Primer) if needed
  • Silk or Chalk Paint
  • A good synthetic brush ( I recommend Cling On brushes) and/or microfibre roller (4mm nap)
  • Sealer or Wax if needed

 

HOW TO PREP:

  • Give your piece a good clean with soap and water first.
  • Once dry scuff sand with sandpaper/sander.   This is to take the shine off the surface so that the paint has something to grip onto. Wipe off dust etc
  • Bleed through?   Bleed through is when tannins in the wood can come up  through your paint and leave an orange or yellowing mark/stain.   This does not happen in all woods.   A ‘Primer’ (I use Pureco Base and Blocker) that is especially formulated to stop bleed through is required.  Normally I would apply this to any piece that I am going to be painting in a light colour.   Bleed through does not show through dark colours.

**This piece has been sanded.   See how it is not shiny.  I’m going to use Pureco Base and Blocker on it because I want to paint it with Chalk Paint in the colour ‘Cloud’ which is a white.

NOW YOU ARE READY TO PAINT!

  • Pureco Paint goes a long way 200ml will cover approx 2-3 square metres depending on colour and amount of coats required
  •  Apply paint in long strokes with light pressure on your brush
    • Although it's tempting do not go back and forth over and over, This paint is self levelling and overworking it will cause more brush strokes   
    • Long smooth strokes for a smooth finish/criss cross strokes for texture
  • Whilst using chalk paint if you find your brush is dragging, spray your brush with a mist of water to help achieve smoother brush strokes
  • Your piece will need 2 coats and if a lighter colour maybe even more.  Don’t stress when the first coat looks a bit wishy washy, the second coat will make it a whole lot better.   Some people like to do a really light sand between coats too.  A second coat can be applied once the piece is dry.

FINISH

  • If you have painted in Pureco Silk Finish Paint there is no need to add a topcoat as it has its own built in sealer.    If you were painting a high traffic surface you do have the choice of adding a sealer (ie Pureco Matte, Eggshell or Gloss Sealers) to add extra protection.   Pureco sealer is amazing!
  • If you have used Chalk Paint it must be sealed or waxed to stop the Chalk Paint from chipping.    The waxes are great to use to add extra effects such as shading and highlights, they come in many different colours.

Cure time: Pureco Paint range takes 7 days to completely cure. 

NB:   I hope I’ve got it all covered.  Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you need to know more and I will try and help you as best that I can.

NEED TO BE INSPIRED?

These facebook pages are a gold mine of inspiration and knowledge.

  • Chalk Painters Australia
  • Pureco
  • Furniture Junkin International
  • Upcycle and DIY Australia