I am sharing my top tips for prepping furniture for painting or refinishing. Do you ever see a piece of furniture and think, "Wow, that would look great if it was a different color?" or have a piece of furniture you would love to give new life with a little paint? Painting furniture is not hard with Dixie Belle Mineral Chalk Paint. As a matter of fact, any mineral chalk paint you use says "No prep, just clean and paint". That is mostly true, but sometimes you have to do a little prep work before you start painting.
Here are my Top Tips for Prepping Furniture for Mineral Chalk Paint.
First, remove any hardware such as handles, decorative accents you don't want to keep. You can reuse the handles or decorative accents, but it is easier to paint the furniture with these items removed. Next, remove the drawers and set them aside. You can leave any drawer guides, those do not have to be removed. The faces of the drawers will need to be treated in the same manner as the exterior of the furniture.
2. Repair any scratches, holes, cracks, peeling laminate, etc with wood filler. I like to use Elmer's Carpenters Color Change Wood Filler. Let the wood filler dry for 24 hours before you sand. I use a 150 grit sandpaper then a fine sanding sponge on the area that has been repaired. If the piece has a shiny laminate surface, I use a fine sanding sponge to give the surface a little roughing up. This helps your paint adhere to the surface. It does not need to be a heavy sanding. The emphasis is on the light sanding. Now, technically this step is not necessary with Dixie Belle Mineral Chalk Paint, BUT I am over-cautious when it comes to shiny surfaces and laminates. Better to take that extra step then to be sorry down the road.
3. Wipe down the piece of furniture with a soft cloth. You can purchase tack cloths and use those or you can use an old t-shirt. I go for the old t-shirt. I tend to have a bunch of those around. In fact, I keep an old metal wash tub full of rags and old t-shirts just for the furniture refinishing. Using the soft cloth to wipe off any loose dirt and dust from the furniture creates a good base for you to paint.
You are almost done prepping your furniture for chalk paint!
4. Time to Clean! Break out the gloves and get to washing. What is the best product to use? TSP is a name brand cleaner that is great for cleaning furniture before painting. Another option is Dixie Belle Mineral Paint White Lightning. White Lightning is easy to use and gets your furniture super, super clean. With both the TSP and the White Lightning you will have to go back over the piece of furniture with a damp cloth. You don't want to leave any cleaner behind. The last 2 options are 1) Hot Soapy Water, now this is a handy alternative but does not always get the dirt and grime off the piece of furniture. 2) Murphy's Oil Soap and Hot Water, again, handy alternative and easy to use. Just can't always guarantee the hot soapy water will get all the dirt and grime off your furniture. If you piece is not really dirty, no worries then! Hot soapy water will work great!
5. You have finished prepping your furniture to chalk paint and now it is TIME to paint! Be creative and have fun. I would love to see pictures of your finished project. Do you have any additional hints or tips? Please share!
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Carter and Sonya
We are a husband and wife team who loves to repurpose, refinish, and build beautiful furniture and accessories. We have 3 crazy kids, 3 loving dogs and live in our dream house on what we call Renegade Ranch. Here is where we will share our fabulous, crazy life!