When I was chatting with my friends about home renovation, many of them felt that painting the furniture is a waste of money. I argued against that point by drawing an analogy between human beings and furniture pieces. I compared human dressing with the paint applied on the furniture and I explained them in detail about the advantages of paints. Finally, I won the argument and had a treat.
I am using this space to share a few important points that helped me to win over the argument and also help you to revive the charm of the furniture. We should take a cue from the nature. The ozone protects us from harmful UV rays, similarly the furniture has to be protected from environmental issues. But be clear that the painting a wall and furniture are different except for a few points.
If you are planning to paint the furniture, spare some time to read the following points.
Firstly, the furniture has to be coated with a primer. It is an undercoat to prepare the furniture for painting. It facilitates the paint to stick on the surface instead of spreading. It also increases the durability of the paint besides protecting the furniture.
The primer must also match the paint you are going to use. For latex paints, choose a latex primer. It is easy to use and it blocks stains. It won’t smell like an oil-based primer.
Similarly, Oil-based primers must be used for oil-based paints. They offer good adhesion and stain blocking compared to latex ones.
Metal enamel primer is known for its durability. This type of primer comes in satin and semi-gloss finishes.
Many often get confused what to use either Oil-based paints or Water-based paints
Oil paints have been used for centuries. They generally took long time to settle and dry.
Water-based paints are of different types namely Mud, Standard latex, Chalk and Milk paints.
Mud paints give antique appeal to the furniture. They have smooth, flat finish with great coverage. It works well with wax or any water-based coat. They also don’t need a primer as it is inherently adhesive.
Standard latex require a long curing time. They are relatively durable. They need the support of the primer.
Chalk paints have many benefits over other. They don’t require primer as they are normally adhesive. Another advantage is they don’t even need sanding.
Milk paints are commonly available. They can be easily applied to all kinds of surfaces. They are eco-friendly and non-toxic.
Over and above, take some safety precautions while painting as many of the petroleum-based paints are toxic. Paint the furniture in open surroundings as it is a hazardous work.