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Sometimes you may be able to skip some of these steps. If the finish on your furniture isn’t damaged or chipping, it’s flat not shiny and you aren’t painting it a drastically different colourr, then you may be able to just go ahead and start painting. Make sure that the furniture is completely clean before you begin painting. To do this, you can use a damp cloth. You can then use a towel to remove dirt and dust from the cloth. To save time, I suggest that you use a paint with a pre-installed primer, like Velvet Finishes, Behr Marquee or Behr Premium Plus. There are also other paints out there that have this (I’m thinking chalk based paints have it), but I’m not very familiar with those 🤓
You’ve probably wondered if you could be the lucky one who could get away with NOT priming furniture projects? Well….not likely. It’s not possible. Painting furniture A piece that was rejected on Craigslist can be transformed into a valuable accent piece. If you wait for your paint to dry, your surface will look rough. The corners may start to peel or become sticky. It is possible to paint without priming. Cooking with a cold oven. This can lead to many DIY disaster situations. You might not have to sand, or you may be able avoid taking off the hardware. Sometimes, however, it is possible to skip the second coat. But you cannot skip the primer. Here’s why: (last edited 64 days ago by Casy Neff from Tolyatti, Russia)
Now it’s time to paint! Apply three thin coats semi-gloss latex paint using a mini foam roll. Between coats, allow six to eight hours. You should sand between coats to remove any drips and residue. You will need the same sanding blocks and a fresh tack cloth. This is where the new tackcloth comes in handy. You must remove all traces of dust and lint before you apply the Polycrylic Protective finish. Everything will be visible because it’s transparent. It’s clear, so everything shows. I blame everything from my dog to paint for tiny bits of fuzz that I had found while applying Polycrylic. But it really is because I didn’t take everything off with the tackcloth. Joe Howard of Changchun in China modified the above text.
Further reading can be found at repurposeandupcycle.com, absolutely. That is something we all understand. Chalk paint and milk paint are known for “no prep” and being able to stick to any surface without sanding. Primer is more than just allowing paint to stick to the surface. It is also important to seal the first coat of paint (you even need to seal the tannins or wet spots on raw wood) so years down the road that new coat of paint won’t blend with the old coat. This is known as “bleed through” in the furniture painting world. You can hide old smells with some primers.