painting furniture


Looking to make the most of the extra-long Spring Bank Holiday? Why not get creative and bring an old chest of drawers back to its former glory?


Equipment required:


Source your drawers

If you haven’t already got an old chest of drawers available for revamp, why not source some specially for the project?

You might well get lucky at a charity shop which specialises in furniture, or websites such as Freecycle or eBay are worth exploring.


Clean her up

The first thing to do is to give the item a good clean. Old pieces of furniture can have a particular smell after years of use, so you might need to try a few different methods.

Remove all the drawers and get to work. Try something gentle first such as diluted washing up liquid or a degreaser, applying with a soft cloth. It’s a good idea to test the solution on an inconspicuous area of the drawers first to check it doesn’t damage the wood.

If that is unsuccessful, a good next step would be wiping down with neat vinegar. This will have the added benefit of reducing the ‘old’ smell.

Baking soda and water is good for removing particularly difficult marks and stains.

Other people swear by a layer of lemon oil to preserve the wood, or even soaking in vodka to remove lingering smells.


Enter sandman  

Next you will need to sand your furniture. Remove all hardware, such as handles and knobs, with a screwdriver and get to work.

The good news here is that you do not need to sand the piece back to the bare wood if you are going for a painted finish. All that is required is to scuff the surface so that the paint has something to adhere to. Sanding an average-sized piece of furniture should take no longer than 10 to 15 minutes.

Even so, an electric sander or a palm sander is recommended. It might sound obvious, but use rough sandpaper on rougher surfaces and smoother sandpaper on smooth surfaces.

You only need to sand back to the bare wood if you are planning to finish with a wood stain.

Always wear protective goggles and a dust mask when sanding to avoid damaging your lungs.


Clean. Again

Clean the piece once more with a damp cloth and allow to thoroughly dry.


Get painting

Apply a coat of primer to the piece using a paint brush in the smaller areas and a small roller on the larger sections.

Fill in any holes with wood filler and sand until smooth.

Apply a second coat of primer and, again, allow to thoroughly dry.

Finish the project by applying your chosen colour. If you are unsure which paint to use, the knowledgeable staff at Leyland SDM will be happy to help. We have thousands of colours available at our 32 stores, including an in-house paint mixing service.


finished furniture


And finally…

Why not make your piece look a little bit special with some new knobs or handles?

This is a very easy process. Simply buy new knobs or handles which match the holes of those removed and attach using a screwdriver.

Alternatively, you could use a metal paint to change the colour of the old handles.