A fresh coat of paint can do wonders. Whether you're sprucing up old cabinets, updating a flea market find, or adding some flare to an accent chair, a quick coat of paint to furniture is a great budget-friendly way to update and modernize your home. Although painting furniture and other household items is a fairly common DIY home project, there are some crucial steps to keep in mind...

  1. Remove hardware: Although removing all the hardware off a dresser or cabinets may seem tedious, it will make the rest of the DIY project substantially easier. It will speed up the sanding process and create a seamless painting process that is more consistent when you aren't having to paint around knobs and pulls.
  2. Patch holes or inconsistencies: If you are working with wood, especially if the piece is antique or more than a few years old, chances are there will be inconsistencies in the wood. Use a wood filler to smooth out the nicks and holes before sanding.
  3. Degloss and prime: If your piece has a wax or gloss finish, you may need to use a deglosser before you prime. Basic paint deglossers can be found at any hardware or home improvement store. After deglossing, one coat of primer will do the trick for most pieces.
  4. Sand: After you have removed all hardware, your piece is free of holes and imperfections, and is completely gloss free, you should now be ready to sand. Sand the piece in its entirety- make sure to be thorough. Proper preparation is the key to a successful paint job.
  5. Wash: Thoroughly wipe down your freshly sanded piece with warm soapy water. It is important to get rid of all the leftover dust and dirt before painting. Painting on top of a sandy or dusty piece will make the paint bubbly and messy.
  6. Paint: Now you're ready for the fun part! Paint one or two coats (depending on the type and color of paint you choose) and make sure to let each coat dry for at least six hours. Tip: To get an antique look like the photo above, sand your piece in the corners and edges to create a distressed look.
  7. Sealant: Sealing your new and improved piece of furniture is the last step before you get to enjoy the fruits of your labor. Seal your project with one coat, leave to dry overnight, and you're done!

Remember adding a personal touch can be a great way to show off your artistic flare. More importantly, get creative and have fun!