Do you want your painted furniture to last? Get this no-fuss guide to furniture preparation! With the proper furniture preparation, your pieces will last.
Get The Simple And Easy Guide To Furniture Preparation
Furniture preparation is by far one of the most important steps in the business of painted furniture. Your piece truly is only as good as your prep work. If you paint furniture as a business or plan to do it as a business, prep work with be the foundation of your pieces. Everyone has their own way to prep but most professionals will agree, prep is KEY!
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Things you will need:
Old T-shirt or rag
Cleaner (TSP, Dixie Belle White Lightening)
Situation dependent supplies:
Stain blocker (Dixie Belle Boss, Zinsser Primer, Etc..)
I stripped the top of this piece first because I did not want to finish the bottom first and have to strip the top and chemicals could get on the bottom. Thus ruining all of our hard work!
So the top is finished we prep the bottom.
First: Remove all hardware! Like so….. (I put mine in a bucket or cup so I don’t lose the screws or pieces)
Second: Sanding and cleaning your piece. I ALWAYS lightly sand my pieces. so for this piece I used a sanding block and well as Dixie Belle’s White Lightning Cleaner. IMPORTANT: make sure whatever cleaner you use, you rinse after with WATER!! if there is any cleaner left on the piece IT WILL affect your final paint adhesion.
After you have sanded and cleaned your piece the next step is deciding whether you need to use a blocker on it. What is a blocker? A blocker prevents tannin and bleed thru. What does that mean? Well here let me show you.
The piece we are working on is maghogany, it’s a hugeee bleeder….anytime you are going from a dark or known to bleed wood to a light color palette (not nessacrily white but any light shade) you will need to block the wood from coming through. TRUST ME! The last thing you want is to finish a piece and not see bleed thru, come back the next day and see it has ruined all your hard work!
So in this picture I went ahead and painted on the piece with white paint to show you exactly what bleed thru looks like….then I used a blocker to show you how it stops the bleed thru. Furniture preparation is a key element in making your painted furniture last!
1 coat of blocker applied to the entire piece: (many pieces will require at least 2 coats)
After this step, you are ready to Rock and Roll!!!
To see this piece completely finished check it out here: Powder Glazing Furniture