PAINTED FURNITURE Any piece of wooden furniture can be painted – if you so desire. There really are no limits to how you can go about this, but for the purpose of the PDF, I’m going to describe the process to achieve the look of the furniture in the linked image. Wipe the furniture with a damp cloth to make sure there are no patches of grime that could stop the paint adhering properly. When dry, using a fine grade of sandpaper; 120gm is perfect if the furniture is in good condition. It you need to dislodge peeling paint and other types of applied product, a brush on paint remover may be the easiest way to start the process. Follow the manufacturers instructions and ALWAYS work in a well-ventilated space. Remove the waste and pop it into a carrier bag to discard. Then with your fine sandpaper give the surface of the item an even sanding, following the direction of the wood grain. Wipe with a damp cloth to remove the wood dust. Apply the paint – in an ordinary water based emulsion – with a brush again in the direction of the wood grain. Allow this coat to dry. It will be uneven and you’ll be able to see if there are any areas that the paint isn’t sticking very well. Apply a second coat and this time try to get the finish even and smooth, with no areas lighter or heavier than the other. Allow to dry. With the fine grade sandpaper give the whole surface a gentle sanding to take out any ridges in the paint. This is simply to give the surface a fine texture when you run your hand over it. Now step back and look at the item to see what areas would naturally wear quickly or show marks – the edges of a table or a chest of drawers, the areas around handles and the edges of drawers are all easy starting points for this. Use your sandpaper in these areas to remove the paint, be as harsh as you like if you want area to look very distressed. Now blend this with other areas that would have less wear, but still need to look worn. Sand these to give a balanced look, use less pressure and keep it quite natural, so pick any blemishes the furniture has and distress them as well. Stand back and make sure you’ve covered all the areas you want to look worn. Remember, an edge will naturally get knocked, so if in doubt, you should ‘knock it back.’ Wipe again with a damp cloth to remove the dust. With a clean brush, use a decorator’s glaze to seal all the painted areas. Work in the direction of the wood grain. Allow to dry and apply a second coat. Decorator’s glaze can be purchased in a matt, satin or gloss preparation and is very durable. It gives all those tester pots a purpose because it allows you to seal the surface – and you can expect the finish to last.