When painting any piece of furniture, no matter how small, believe it or not you will enjoy it more if you prepare your tools and workplace before you get going – I know we all dread this sort of thing and can be easily put off even by the thought of it, BUT this is very simple, only takes a few minutes and believe me, it will make all the difference to your enjoyment. Rather like cooking really!
The basic tools and requirements are:
- A clear table area with good ventilation
- Several thicknesses of newspaper or oilcloth (I use both!) spread out on the table (you can improvise oilcloth by cutting down the sides of a black refuse bag and spreading that on your table instead!)
- An old handtowel or nappy folded, for tamping your brush
- A jar of water (not too full)
- All the brushes you judge you will need
- A good stick (handle of a wooden spoon works well) for stirring your paint
- An old plate or flat-bottomed dish or a paint tray
- Baby wipes and kitchen roll
- Paint, stencils, motifs for decoupage or whatever you want to use for decoration
- Wax and soft cotton (non-lint) cloths for waxing and buffing, or a wax brush
- Fine grade sanding paper and damp cloth for wiping sanded dust away
VERY IMPORTANT PREPARATION
You may also need: sugar soap, a good drying cloth and a toothbrush for thoroughly cleaning your piece before you start, medium or heavy grade sandpaper for sanding a highly varnished piece to create a ‘key’ to ensure the paint holds.
If there are a lot of knots, or if the piece is very dark or covered with old wood stain, you would be wise to do an initial coat of shellac or ‘zinsser’ to avoid any ‘bleed through’ of yellowish/brownish disappointing blotches on your nice fresh paint.
If you follow these few indicators and set yourself up with a clean piece to paint you will be successful.