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.
Items you will need
- Household cleaner
- Damp rag
- Fine-grit sanding block
- Tack cloth
- Painter's tape
- Latex primer
- Stir stick
- Paint tray
- Paint brush
- Metallic silver latex paint
- If painting plastic or resin furniture, a plastic primer is required, otherwise the paint or primer may not adhere properly. Standard latex paint or spray paint can be used over plastic primer.
- Silver spray paint can be used in place of latex paint. If using spray paint, apply only in a well-ventilated area while wearing a mask. Protect the surrounding area from over-spray by placing extra newspaper around the piece.
- If using a standard shiny silver paint, give it a brushed metal appearance by wiping it down with a gray or dark antiquing glaze after the paint dries.
- Some metallic silver paints are available in specialty finishes, such as hammered metal, which gives the finish a more complex appearance.
- Paint the furniture hardware like drawer pulls a different color, such as black or pewter, for a complete furniture makeover.
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