Painting of furniture not only enhances its looks but life also. Painting of furniture is an interesting project if you can put in some creativity therein. There are different styles of painting furniture and these include antique, traditional and contemporary and others. While choosing any style, care should be taken that by and large it goes well with the interiors of the house.
Techniques for Painting Furniture
Irrespective of the technique you may adopt for painting of your furniture, it’s important that the surface be thoroughly cleaned with sandpaper. It makes the surface smooth while getting it rid of accumulated dirt. The next step is to apply a coat of primer so that the painted surface lasts longer. Apply a coat of white color on the furniture and let it get dried. Now, you can draw some pattern or image on its surface with a pencil. You may fill in the pattern with colors and allow the same to dry, preferably under the sun. The outline can be made more prominent by marking it with dark color paint pen. Finally, you apply a finishing coat and let it dry. That makes your job over. Here are two important tips for painting furniture. The first one is to always start painting from the top and move down. The other is to choose an appropriate primer. If you intend using latex paint, insist on using latex primer. Likewise, for oil based paints, use only oil based primer.
Traditional Furniture Painting Style
For usual interior decoration, it’s best to use traditional painting ideas. You may choose to have black as the basic color and use red, cream or gold for detailing work. If you like to have provincial French look, go for a combination of light cream and gold. Other colors suitable for this style are sleek black and solid white. Use highly polished red lacquer if you are looking to give an Asian touch to your furniture. You can have elegant looking furniture by giving it a final touch comprising of high gloss polyurethane or well buffed layers of beeswax.
Antique Furniture Painting Style
Some people like to give antique looks to their furniture by giving the impression as if the paint were peeling off. It’s not difficult to get such looks on your furniture. Generally, this style most suits the kitchen or the family room. The colors normally associated with style include red, green yellow, white and blue. The furniture should be sanded before applying latex paint. After it has been cured, you sand it again at certain points to give it a worn-out look. Just dab a bit of diluted paint here and there on the painted furniture to enhance the worn out effect. You may like to include an element of fun by creating some freehand designs or patterns on the painted surface.
Contemporary Furniture Painting Style
This style best suits the furniture with sharp lines and distinct shapes. For giving it contemporary looks, you should be using attractive bright colors like glossy black and deep espresso brown. For best results use a small roller for applying paint instead of using a brush. That way you can avoid brush marks. To give it a tender fresh look, complex detail work and wood finish is best avoided. Once the paint gets dried, apply a coat of high-gloss polyurethane.
Here is hoping that you are excited by these ideas for painting your furniture and prompted to take some project involving painting of furniture. An important precaution that you should not overlook while handling paints and primers is to ensure to carry painting job in well ventilated area to avoid foul odor and harmful effects of chemicals used in paints.