How to Paint Stained Furniture

People may stain furniture to enhance or slightly alter the color of wood.
Stained wood often is finished with a glossy, protective varnish that is difficult to dissolve and doesn’t hold paint well. Some people prefer stained wood because of its attractive natural look and grain, but others prefer to paint furniture to match their home decor.

Step 1

Thoroughly wash the furniture with an all-purpose cleaner and a scouring pad to remove dirt, grease and debris.

Step 2

Sand the furniture with 120-grit sandpaper, then work your way up to a finer 180-grit sandpaper. This roughens the furniture surface so that it takes paint better.

Step 3

Vacuum the sanding dust away, then wipe the furniture surface with a tack rag.

Step 4

Wipe the furniture's surface with denatured alcohol to clean and dull the surface.

Step 5

Cover areas around the furniture with newspaper and painter’s tape.

Step 6

Stir the primer until it is smooth. Using a paintbrush, coat the furniture with primer. Paint with the grain first, then against the grain. Allow the primer to dry completely.

Step 7

Apply a coat of paint the same way as you applied the primer.

Step 8

Wait for the paint to dry completely. If you want more coverage, add a second and third coat of paint.

Things You Will Need

  • All-purpose cleaner
  • Scouring pad
  • 120-, 150- and 180-grit sandpaper
  • Vacuum cleaner
  • Tack rag
  • Denatured alcohol
  • Painter’s tape
  • Newspaper
  • Paintbrush
  • Primer
  • Paint

About the Author

Christina Sloane has been writing since 1992. Her work has appeared in several national literary magazines.