Most wooden decors have a quaint allure to them. If you have some old wooden furniture that requires an inevitable paint job, then here’s how to preserve their artful antiqueness.
Before you get going on actually painting, you need to first prep the wood for it. DO NOT skip this step, as this will affect the finished look just as much as the paint job. The prep involves three things basically. Wash, sand and dust! Wash the wood work carefully with soap and water. Use strong cleaners if there are stubborn stains. Next, sand the surface thoroughly with sandpaper. This is the most important of the 3 prep steps. Use a putty knife to help you with the crevices. Once you are done sanding, dust the surface clean. In case of any cracks or chips, use wood fillers and caulk to fix them.
Once you are done with the prep, it’s time to choose your finish. Here are your options:
- Stains or Dyes: Both stains and dyes will colour the wood. You can even get a particular shade by blending different dyes of the same base (water or oil). When applying, paint in the direction of the grain. And try to cover the surface quickly before it dries as this may leave a line.
- Varnishes: Varnishes give the strongest wood finish. Not only is it the most durable, it will also form the most reflective of all the surfaces. The application of varnishes are similar to the stains. Apply in the direction of the grains.
- Oils: Oiled surfaces are the easiest to repair. If you find a scratch on the oiled surface, all you need to do is sand down the affected area and reapply the oil. Also if you are not a fan of gloss, then this is your perfect choice. Oiled surfaces leave nothing more than a slight sheen. Plus they are easier to apply than varnishes.
- Waxes: If what you are looking for is a transparent paint with a very soft lustre, then wax is the thing for you. But bear in mind they are not very durable, so it would be wise to keep it away from high-traffic areas like table tops. A wax is normally applied with a cloth and buffed with another cloth once dry.
Now, you can go repaint that antique table without fear of ruining it’s archaic appeal.