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Painting Furniture: Painting and refurbishing an old chair.The secret of successful and enjoyable furniture painting is careful planning and preparation.
If you paint in the correct order then you are less likely to get covered in paint.
The correct order to paint anything is usually a matter of common sense. You don't want to be reaching over wet paint to get to an awkward surface.
e.g. When painting a window you would be asking for trouble if you painted the window sill first.
Likewise when painting a chair it is advisable to begin by turning it upside down and painting the underneath and interior surfaces first.
Below are general rules to guide you.
This step will save you time and grief later.
Old newspapers are great to paint on whatever paints you are using, and they can be used to cover surrounding surfaces.
If you paint the furniture right down onto the newspaper then wait until the paint dries.
The paper will then stick to the bottom edge of the furniture/ chair legs; don't just pull it off but cut round it with a sharp blade or craft knife.
If the surfaces have a good varnish without chips or deep scratches it will be unnecessary to sand down to the bare wood.
A good quality primer will get it ready for further painting.
Small items, (e.g. handles) can be dipped directly into a container of the finish coat and hung to dry.
Tip:A Paper Plate under your paint tin will prevent mess.
Throwaway Paper CupsFor small touchup or accent paint jobs, keep a supply of little paper cups on hand. This way you can work with tiny amounts of paint without much wastage.
Dust mask.It is advisable to use a mask when sanding or using aerosol paints..
Use Glue to Crackle the surfaces to imitate aging.This technique is used only on varnished surfaces.
Did you know that the expensive "crackle medium" you buy in cans is really just plain old white (elmer's) glue?
Any white glue will work just like the really expensive stuff in cans.
This technique is great for covering up flaws.
Using thick glue will produce small fine cracking; using thinned out glue will produce wide large cracking.