How to repaint an old piece of furniture?

It’s not the painting that I prefer (especially the preparations), but realizing the very bad condition of an old piece of furniture inherited from my grandmother (I really care about it), I only had one want to repaint it. It is a wooden cabinet with a zinc part. The result is satisfactory and above all stunning, since the piece of furniture has regained its charm of yesteryear.


Before the actual painting, it is very important to get down to the preparation. I already advise gathering all the materials you may need. So, set aside three paintbrushes, a printing paint, a mixing stick, polyurethane, a sponge and old newspapers.

Once you have all of these tools at your fingertips, move on to cleaning the cabinet. Cleaning is, I think, a key step in painting old furniture. To do this, you have to take the time to work all the small corners of the furniture.

Note that I used soap and lukewarm water to thoroughly scrub the furniture. Then, wait until it is completely dry and begin to lightly sand the rough parts to the touch, before applying a primer to the entire piece of furniture, so that the paint adheres well to the wood.

Observe an exposure time of 4 hours for the primer to dry, add a second coat if necessary and finally go to the painting stage

Paint the furniture

Once the preparation step is complete, let’s get down to business. This task will be really easy to do, especially if the furniture preparations are well done. But first you need to choose the new cabinet color.

Personally, I opted for white which goes well with the tone of my other furniture. The choice of color is of course essential and if you have no idea, don’t hesitate to ask your friends for advice, or at the DIY store. Color associations are very trendy today! A word of advice though: when buying paint, don’t forget to take the style into consideration, as well as the overall tone of the room.

Depending on the decorative effect you want to give, do not hesitate to apply several coats of paint if necessary. The main thing is that you let your creativity express itself and thus bring as many personal touches as possible. Try it, you will tell me the news! As for the actual paint application, I recommend using a different brush than the primer.