Painting Old Furniture Without Stripping

Stripping old furniture of its finish can be a messy and time-consuming project.
Sanding furniture may eliminated the need for stripping the piece with chemicals.Sanding furniture may eliminated the need for stripping the piece with chemicals.
It involves tough chemicals that can make it difficult to breathe while working. Painting furniture rather than staining it often allows you to prep the finish by simply sanding the piece, rather than using chemicals to strip the old finish. This project will take you anywhere from several hours to a few days, depending on how large the piece of furniture is.

Step 1

Sand the surface of your old furniture if the finish is glossy or shiny. Use a fine-grit sandpaper and sand long enough to remove the high-gloss sheen.

Step 2

Use a degreaser and a clean rag to wipe away dirt and grease from the furniture.

Step 3

Apply one to two coats of paint primer to the furniture with a paintbrush and a paint roller. Use a foam paint roller for best results. The primer will help the paint stick to the furniture. Let each coat dry completely.

Step 4

Apply a coat of paint to the furniture and let it dry completely, using a paintbrush and paint roller; use a foam paint roller for best results. Allow the coat to dry, then spread a second coat of paint on the furniture.

Step 5

Allow the furniture to sit for several days before using it. This will give the paint time to cure.

Things You Will Need

  • Fine-grit sandpaper
  • Degreaser
  • Clean rag
  • Painting primer
  • Paintbrush
  • Foam paint roller

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Cadence Johansen is a freelance writer who enjoys writing about travel, marriage, family relationships, caregiver support, home improvement and money. Johansen has been writing professionally since 2008. She holds a master's degree in family studies from Utah State University.