Over time, wooden furniture can take on a dull and drab appearance. Instead of getting rid of the pieces that have come to mean so much to your family, give them new life instead.
You can easily wake up wooden furniture with paint. Whether you opt for a solid color or decide to decorate with intricate designs or patterns, your wooden furniture will quickly take on a life of its own.
Use these handy ideas for painting techniques to get you started on the road to furniture awakening:
Old is New
When it comes to older pieces of wooden furniture, sometimes an aged look is ideal. To create a slightly shabby chic look that will give your furniture a worn appearance in a fresh new way, try finishing it with a crackle glaze. A crackle look is easy to achieve and can combine a variety of base colors to fit the mood and look of your decor. Simply sand down the wooden piece and then follow the directions on the crackle glaze bottle. Some crackle glazes take longer to dry, while others set up quickly. Use the one that will best suit your timeframe and be sure to complete the project in a well-ventilated area.
Bold and Funky
If your decor has changed from conservative and now has a bold funky look, your wooden furniture should reflect that. Sand down the pieces and apply a base coat of primer. This is essential, as you do not want the paint to absorb into the porous surface of the wood. Once the primer is applied and dried, paint the furniture a bright, bold color. You can opt for primary colors if you are decorating a child’s playroom or a bright orange if you are creating a 70s-style theme. A solid coat of fresh colorful paint is always an option for your wooden furniture, no matter what look you are trying to achieve.
The beauty of wooden furniture is that it can be painted with detailed accents to really create a stunning look. Paint the piece a solid color first, and then accent it with a delicate or bold design. A vine of ivy across the back of an old rocking chair or a checker board pattern on a wooden coffee table are both excellent ways to jazz up your pieces without a lot of expense. For detailed work, sketch out your design lightly before you start painting. You can also use stencils or stamps if you feel less confident in your freehand painting ability. Be sure to apply a clear coat of paint after you have finished, so that the design is sure to stay for years to come.
It is an easy process to wake up your wooden furniture, but it often takes a lot of time. Always work in a space that is well-ventilated and well-lit. Be sure to start the project when you know you will have the proper time to dedicate to it, so that it is done right.