Sometimes old, beat up furniture still has good "bones" but could use a face lift to make it more up to date. A metallic paint makeover may be all it takes to turn that ugly old desk into a stylish homework desk for a tween boy's room, giving him something he's happy to use rather than feeling like he's getting an old hand-me-down. Take the extra time to sand the furniture, no matter what it's made of, before priming because it helps the primer and paint stick better -- this way you won't have to repaint the piece again anytime soon.
1 Wipe the furniture piece down thoroughly with household cleaner and a damp rag. Allow to dry completely.
2 Cover the work surface with newspaper and set the project furniture atop it. If the furniture piece is too large to move easily, such as a hutch or armoire, place the newspaper around it to protect the floor. Lift one edge of a large furniture piece at a time while a friend slides the paper underneath the edge for added floor protection.
3 Sand the entire surface of the project piece with a fine-grit sanding block. Sanding scuffs the existing finish enough to provide a better grip for primer and paint, and also helps smooth out minor flaws. Wipe the dust away with a tack cloth.
4 Protect areas that are not to be painted by covering them with painter's tape.
5 Open and stir the primer using a stir stick. Pour some of the primer into a paint tray. Prime the entire furniture piece using a paint brush. Allow primer to dry completely.
6 Repeat Step 5, this time using the metallic silver paint. Once the paint dries, apply a second coat if the primer is still visible beneath. Allow the second coat, if any, to dry completely.
7 Protect the project by painting it with a polyurethane clear coat sealer.