How to paint furniture

Here are some simple ways to transform an old piece of furniture into a work of art! If you have any painting skills whatsoever, you can easily accomplish this craft. Your “new” piece of furniture will keep its look for years if the directions are followed closely. After practicing on a few simple pieces, you may find yourself providing your new skill for friends and relatives (and maybe making a little money)!. A few supplies that you will need are:

• Medium sandpaper (not too rough or fine)
• Flat, white, interior house paint
• Pencil
• Colorful, acrylic, craft paints
• Black (or other dark color) paint pen
• Clear, poly-acrylic paint (available at hardware stores, no fumes, easy clean)
• 2 or 3 inch fine house paint brush
• Small paint brushes

Step 1: Choose a simple-shaped, small piece of furniture (footstool, end-table) if you are a beginner, so as not to be overwhelmed by a huge project.

Step 2: Use the sand paper to slightly texture all exterior surfaces

Step 3: Paint the furniture white.

Step 4: Let the paint dry thoroughly (sunshine works the best!).

Step 5:  Use the pencil to draw the image, design or pattern of your choice onto the furniture surface (creative ideas below).

Step 6: Fill in the penciled shapes with bright colors of your choice. There is a wide variety of craft-paint colors to choose from. You can coordinate your color choices to match a room!

Step 7: Let the paint dry (sunshine works best!).

Step 8: Outline your images with the black (or coordinating dark color) paint pen.

Step 9: Coat entire furniture piece with clear coating.

Step 10: Once again, let dry!


Here are some creative images to paint on your furniture: polka dots, stripes, flowers, zig zags, copy a child’s drawing onto the seat of a stool, fish, smiley-faces, and on and on!