One place it is hard to be budget friendly is when purchasing new furniture. There are not many places that sell nice new furniture for affordable prices. Luckily, there are many ways to amp up and give your existing furniture a fresh new look. Another option is to fix up used furniture that you can purchase for a more comfortable price. A fresh coat of paint can clean up old scratched or faded furniture. The trick to making your efforts last is to prep your furniture properly and to use the right products for the project.
To prepare your piece of furniture for its makeover is rather easy. First step is to sand down any imperfections, such as small scratches, stains, or dents. There is no need to sand off any seal coat on wood as that will be addressed later. Larger dents may need filled with wood filler then sanded smooth. If it has a lot of wear and tear, and you don’t feel like sanding for hours trying to smooth out the imperfections, use the personality of the piece and go for a more rustic look. Next it needs to be clean. Most multi surface cleaners will do the trick or even soap and water will help remove any dirt, dust, or grease from the surface. Now your piece is ready for its big makeover.
The biggest “trick” to painting furniture is using the correct products for the right furniture. Basic latex wall paint will peel off most pieces of furniture and cannot hold up to the daily wear and tear. The key is primer and the correct paint. Zinsser primer is fantastic for furniture makeovers. They offer many different types of primer. For a piece such as a desk the Zinsser Cover Seal primer is fantastic, it seals in stains or grease remaining on the surface as well as bonds to pre-sealed furniture. Using a primer such as this is vital in getting your paint to bond to your furniture. After priming, it is time to paint. Talk to your local paint store about their options. Explain your project and your needs. Since all paint stores do not carry the same brands, they will better know what product they have which is right for your project. If painting a large flat surface ask for self-leveling additive for your paint. Also, make sure to pick up the correct painting tools for your project. Going back to the idea of painting a desk, small cabinet and wood rollers are perfect. They leave a smooth finish without leaving behind too much paint. If your surface has many small or intricate grooves a small angled paint brush can be very helpful.
These are just some basic tips on revamping old furniture. The materials may seem a bit costly upfront, but when adding up the cost of a makeover compared to a new piece of furniture, the difference is substantial. The design options are endless, so get creative and custom design your project to fit perfectly into your home.The satisfaction will pulse through you when you stand back and look at your accomplishment and when you see how little has escaped from your wallet.