How to Repaint old Furniture

I found these ancient wooden benches that need a restoration.I preferred to paint them with a colored tint to match them better to my interior and give it an air cooler. If you also have some furniture old who want to give a new life followed this tutorial: the procedure is fairly simple, but we need a little’ of accuracy and patience to ensure a satisfactory result.

How to Repaint old Furniture

Needed:

Medium grit sandpaper (I used to 120)
2 medium sized brushes
colored paint for wooden water
darker color paint water
colorless transparent varnish for wood
turpentine

Procedure:

  1. Sanding

The first important thing to do is to sand the cabinet to remove the old paint, smoothing the surface and prepare it for painting. Let’s do it gently and always in the direction of the wood grain to avoid creating visible streaks. At the end we remove all dust that otherwise would stick to the paint.

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  1. Painting

Now we can move on to painting, I chose a verdigris-colored tint of course is top coat for water-based wood, satin finish. I had the color I wanted, so I combined two similarly colored paint to create the one I liked best. To do this it is crucial that the paints have the same characteristics (that is, both for wood, both water).

Also in this case the coating material should be always in the direction of the grain of the wood according to the furniture dictionary (http://www.dictfurniture.com/furniture-accessories/glossary-for-furniture-terms/). Let the first coat evenly then according to the instructions on the paint can expect the time required for drying complete and pass a second coat.

  1. Finish

The end result, however, is a bit ‘flat, in the sense that the paint tends to be very unitary once stretched, which is perfect for modern furniture, but for old ones the effect is a bit’ far-fetched.It is therefore necessary to wax of very light shading with a different color but always in the range of that used for the base. I used a dark green, very diluted.

We proceed very wetting the brush and taking a small amount of color, which stenderemo only in places, as if it were the natural aging of the cabinet.

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  1. Aging

To complete this aging effect, with the abrasive paper slightly remove a bit ‘of paint, in small points: along the edges, or in the inlets … for a very natural effect.

  1. Polish

The last step consists of spreading a colorless transparent varnish that will protect the furniture and give the effect of finishing. I used a paint gel, but there are many on the market. They are usually diluted with turpentine, then let’s keep on hand to clean up the brush and your hands!

Again stendiamola carefully avoiding accumulations, we pass the brush evenly along the wood grain. Let it dry for a long time otherwise it will remain sticky.

And here’s the finished result! I did the same with another bench (they were in pairs) but with a slightly different color, so as to create a little ‘of “movement”. They can be used as bedside tables or arranged in the living room with a plant and a magazine above.

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