Stenciling is a really easy way to add character to walls, furniture, and even fabrics.

Stenciling is a really easy way to add character to walls, furniture, and even fabrics.

1. Tape your stencil evenly to your project.

2. Lay out a piece of newspaper and a small plastic tub, and put a small amount of paint into the tub.

3. Dip the tip of your brush into the paint and gently dab the bristles on the newspaper. This will ensure an even amount of paint on the brush.

4. Carefully and sparingly dab the stencil with the brush using an up and down movement, and make sure that you keep your brush at a right angle to the project so that the bristles don’t slip under the cut outs.

5. Once you’ve finished a section, gently pull the stencil away from the project and move it to the next section.

6. Repeat the process until you’ve covered the entire area.

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!

Furniture Finish Damaged

Problem: Furniture has been blemished with water spots or rings, burn marks from cigarettes, or minor scratches.

Background: Almost any furniture that is used regularly suffers an occasional nick, scratch, burn, or water spot. Though a number of commercial products are available to correct minor defects, furniture-finish ex pert Homer Formby suggests many alternative home remedies, many which use products you probably al ready have in the house.

What to do: To treat water spots and rings caused by moisture trapped underneath wax, try applying tooth paste. Squeeze it onto a wet cotton rag and buff the spotted area. For stubborn areas, combine toothpaste in equal parts with baking soda, an other gentle abrasive. Buff until the spot disappears. Then with a clean cloth continue buffing until you can see yourself. For burn marks, such as those caused by cigarettes, try using nail polish remover. Dip a cotton swab into the remover and rub it lightly across the burn mark. This dissolves the black residue. If any burn mark remains, scrape it gently with a small knife. If a slight hollow remains, mix equal parts remover with clear nail polish and apply 1 coat at a time with the nail polish brush. Let each coat dry between applications (it might take up to 8 coats or so).

Special advice: For minor scratches or other mars on furniture, try using a color crayon which matches the finish. Melt the crayon over the scratch until it flows over the mar, let it cure for half an hour, then gently shave off the residue with a credit card. You can melt the crayon with a soldering iron. Or if you don’t have a soldering iron, tie a nail to a pencil, heat it over a flame, then put the nail to the crayon.

Helpful hint: To mask the musty odor in antique furniture, you can use red cedar shavings (not western cedar). Put the shavings in the toe of an old pair of nylons, tie the end, and cut off the excess. Then tack the sack along the back of the drawer or, if there are no drawers, on the back of the furniture or underneath it.

Furniture Painting Ideas

Your home is even made more interesting and beautiful if you have fantastic furniture and fixtures around the house. Some can be quite expensive and the rest just right. If you have several pieces of furniture at home, then you should make sure that you maintain their great look.

Some households have plenty of wood furniture. There isn’t a rule which says that woodwork furniture can’t be painted. Perhaps you’ll need furniture painting ideas to go about the work. Some people don’t have any ideas about painting, especially when it comes to their furniture. If you want to get good furniture painting ideas, then read on.

You can paint your furniture anyway you like; you can paint it in white, in strips, or even paint it with the same color as the wall. As long as you’re comfortable with the color of the paint, then proceed with your painting project.

You will need sandpapers, primer, tack cloth, paint, paintbrushes, and glaze. Some people also use rollers, steel wool, and other painting accessories depending on the furniture that you’re trying to paint.

Here are great wood furniture painting ideas:

1. Paint your furniture in a shade that is in contrast with the wall’s color. This way, you can define the furniture and the wall. You should also consider where the furniture is located. If you want, you can paint the furniture found in your bedroom with the color that suits your personal style; while the furniture found in other parts of the house can be painted in other subtle colors.

2. For best wood furniture painting results, the proper temperature should be maintained in the room. If you stripped your wood furniture, make sure that you apply an acrylic primer before applying any oil-based gloss, eggshell, or any color of acrylic paint.

3. Some people prefer eggshell finish because the gloss finish can have a deadening effect. While you’re painting, always do it in small sections. Lap marks can be avoided if you keep wet edges.

4. If you want, you can also incorporate effects like broken color into your wood furniture. It is highly recommended that paints which are oil-based are best for wood furniture.

5. To add more color to your wood furniture, you can stain it because this allows the furniture’s natural grain patterns to show through.

6. After staining your furniture, you can apply varnish so that the furniture can have a tough coat. Varnishes are available in satin and high gloss finishes.

7. If you have leftover paints, combine those that have identical color in one can and then close it tightly. Keep it for later use.

Are you satisfied with the furniture painting ideas mentioned above? Just to achieve best painting results, you should also make sure that before painting any wood furniture, you have to clean it first with a damp rag. After it dries, then you can sand the entire furniture and get rid of the dust using a tack cloth or a damp rag. Then you can already apply the primer which you should allow to dry thoroughly before applying the base coat that you desire.

Painting your wood furniture is a great idea to maintain its newness and to preserve its beautiful appearance. So if you have pieces of wood furniture at home, don’t forget these cool furniture painting ideas.

Deck Furniture Cleaning And Repaint

The first thing to do is clean your patio or deck furniture. The procedure is different from that for cleaning inside furniture since deck and patio furniture is usually more rough and tumble.
Any good commercial cleaner, soap and water or TSP will work well for cleaning outside furniture. TSP is stronger than most other cleaners and will remove quite a few marks. TSP is also good for preparing the painted surface for repainting.

Be sure to let your furniture dry well before doing any more work on it. If you sand wet paint the sanding residue will cling as a paste and flake off after the fresh paint has dried.

Prepare the Surface:

Use a medium fine sandpaper to feather the edges of any chips or scratches. A liquid deglosser application is a good idea, although TSP will usually leave a painted surface in repaintable condition. The liquid deglosser, liquid sandpaper for example, will save lots of elbow grease with sanding.

If there are any bare spots they should be primed and feathered, then the whole piece should be primed. Either a spray, or brush on primer will do the job. A toothbrush and toothpaste will remove many stains or marks, even waxy marks.

Final Finish:

Now you should be ready for the final finish. Use a good exterior paint, either spray cans or brush on paint will work fine to give you some like new patio or deck furniture at a small fraction of the cost of new furniture.

Painting tips & tricks

Rub petroleum jelly on the hinges and door knobs before you start to paint a door. If you get paint on them, they will wipe off easily.

To keep white paint from yellowing, add 2 drops of black paint to each Gallon of white.

When painting ceilings, cut a child’s rubber ball in half and put your paint brush in one of the halves to catch the drips.

An old pair of swimming goggles will protect your eyes from paint splatters and drips when painting ceilings.

When painting, protect your hands and face with moisturizer. Cleanup will be easier and the moisturizer will prevent paint from seeping into the pores.

To stop paint from dripping, punch a few holes in the rim of the paint can. When the brush is wiped against the edge, the paint flows back into the can. The lid covers the holes so the paint won’t dry out.

Before pouring paint from a can, cover the rim with masking tape. After pouring, remove the tape — the rim will be clean and the cover will fit tightly.

To remove lumps from paint: Cut a piece of screen to fit the inside of the paint can. Set it on top of the paint and let it float down to the bottom of the can. It will take all the lumps with it, trapping them at the bottom of the can.

When painting a room, dip a small card into the paint so that you have the exact colour with you and can match accessories in store.

When painting inside corners, trim the paint brush bristles to a V to save strokes and spread paint more easily.

When you poke a paint brush into corners or allow it to rest on the bottom of the paint can, the bristles curl and stray. To straighten natural bristles (not synthetics), try wrapping the brush in a couple of thicknesses of damp cloth and press gently with an iron. The steam and cloth binding do the job. Only light pressure is needed. Let the bristles cool before you unwrap the brush.

When painting old woodwork fill in the holes or cracks with a mixture of flour and some of the paint you are using. It hardens like cement and matches perfectly.