Painting old furniture is a great way to give it a new look and a fresh lease of life. I’ve been lucky enough to inherit this beautiful chest of drawers from my mother, who actually bought this for my teenage bedroom many moons ago! It has huge sentimental value to me, but it’s not really my style, plus the paint finish has seen better days, so I’ve decided to give it a little makeover.



1. The key to getting a good finish is all in the preparation. Remove any handles and keep them somewhere safe, then take any drawers out to paint. Depending on the finish of the item of furniture you are planning to paint, you will at the very least need to give it a good clean with a damp cloth, however if it has been gloss-painted or waxed it will need sanding down to allow the paint to adhere. Once you have sanded it down, you will need to give it a good clean to make sure you remove all the sanding dust. As you can see, I’ve tried a few different paint samples, so I needed to sand these off to create a smooth surface for fresh paint.


2. Make sure you give all surfaces a good clean before you begin painting. I like to vacuum with a handheld vacuum cleaner, then wipe over with a damp cloth.

3. Once your furniture is clean and dry, paint it with a coat of paint primer. This fab primer from wilko dries in just 2 hours (which is the perfect amount of time to have a bit of dinner and catch up with an episode of your current box set!), before its time for the next stage.


4. It’s time for the first coat of paint! Paint in long smooth brushstrokes to minimise any lumps and lines in the paintwork. It’s better to do more thin coats then paint too thickly as the paint will look lumpy, particularly if you are using chalk paint. Don’t panic if you do have any drips or marks, you can always sand them out before your next coat. (my cat walked across this while I was leaving it overnight to dry! But I was able to sand out the smudges with fine grade sandpaper)


5. Add a second coat after at least 4 hours drying time. Repeat if necessary.

6. Replace handles and drawers then admire your fab new piece of furniture!

See more of the finished product and plenty more home decor ideas over at @candlesticksandcathair.

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