French Painted Furniture Can Add Warmth
French painted furniture adds warmth and charm to contemporary decor. With some simple painting techniques you can transform your old furniture in great looking French painted furniture. Preparing the furniture is an important step which should be done with care. So, start your work in a well ventilated space. Also, make sure you have adequate workspace, so that you can keep your tools and furniture pieces comfortably. On your work surface lay down some old newspaper sheets. Then keep the furniture items and tools on it. Dress up in your old clothes and start working on the furniture. The furniture piece should be of a design which looks similar to French antique furniture. So, choose a furniture item which has carved details or curved lines on it. Then remove the upholstery or covers on the furniture. If these can’t be removed then use plastic wrap cover on it. Similarly, remove knobs or handles on the furniture or cover them with plastic too.
Now, use a natural bristle brush and cover the entire furniture with a coat of wood primer. Let it dry completely. After this paint a coat of latex flat paint shade. This is your base coat, so it needs to be of a lighter shade than the second coat you are going to apply. Let this coat dry completely. Then apply a coat of darker shade of paint, let this layer dry away too. Generally, 24-48 hours is the time for which each layer of paint should be allowed to dry. Now, take steel wool and scrub away small areas on the surface of the furniture. This will reveal the lighter coat of the paint, and make the piece of furniture look aged.