Linzi Martin
women painting a dresser

When it comes to decorating your apartment, it’s fun to put a personal touch on your space. From pictures to textiles, there’s no limit on what you can do to make your apartment feel like a home. And painting furniture is a great way to coordinate with your décor aesthetic.

While painting furniture can be hard work and time consuming, it’s well worth it when the finished custom project turns out better than your expectations. Want to know how to paint furniture like an expert? Keep reading.

Gather your supplies

Prior to painting your piece, you need to get organized and gather everything you’ll need. Be sure to have medium grit sandpaper, primer, tack cloth, paint, foam rollers, paint brushes, paint, a Polycyclic topcoat and a positive attitude.

In order to minimize the mess, wear latex gloves and place an old sheet or tarp under the furniture piece. You’ll also need to do your work in a well-ventilated space. The fumes from the primer, paint and topcoat can be harsh and very overpowering.

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Prep, prep, prep

After the supplies have been gathered, it’s time to prep the furniture before painting. First, sand the surface with a 150-grit sandpaper. Be careful not to strip the surface, just rough it up enough to give the primer and paint something to adhere to.

Next, wipe down the surface with a tack cloth to remove any residue. Once the furniture is cleaned, prime it using a mini foam roller for the larger areas and foam brush to cover hard-to-reach areas. Let the furniture sit for 24 hours to allow the primer to dry.

If you want to skip this step, there are certain brands that sell a paint and primer combo.

Get your paint on

Now that your piece is primed and ready, it’s time to paint. While any color of your choice will work, it’s important to remember that a paint with a glossy finish is easier to clean.

Related: Painting Your Apartment: Benjamin Moore's Pointers for Picking the Perfect Colors

Painting in thin coats, cover the entire piece of furniture using a roller to prevent visible brush strokes. For best results, use two or three coats, depending on the original color of your surface and the color of your paint.

Add protection

Once you’ve achieved the desired color of your newly painted piece of furniture, it’s time to add protection. Using a new mini foam roller, apply a few thin coats of Polycyclic Protective Finish. The water-based topcoat adds protection from typical wear and tear and will keep the paint from peeling off.

Make it your own

In an effort to make the newly painted furniture more of your own, add knick-knacks and hardware of your choice. If you want to get really ambitious, use painter’s tape to create a design or stripes to do in different colors.

Just remember, paint has an amazing power to transform any piece and it doesn't have to be permanent. You can strip it or repaint it anytime you want a change.

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Linzi Martin

Linzi Martin has been a freelance writer for over five years. A Florida native, Linzi resides in Delray Beach, where she works as a content marketer and writer for small-to-medium sized businesses around the globe. Her work has been featured by the Porcaro Law Group, VoyageMIA and The Connect Magazine, just to name a few.

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