Painting a wood wardrobe is an economical way to refresh an old piece of furniture and make it over to match your current decorating style. If the wardrobe is already painted, it will likely require only a light sanding. This writing will show you how to paint a wood wardrobe.
Things You Will Need
- Sawhorses (optional)
- Vegetable-oil based cleanser
- Trisodium phosphate (optional)
- Rubber gloves (optional)
- Fine-grit sandpaper
- Medium-grit sandpaper (optional)
- Microfiber cloth
- Small or medium brushes
- Latex or oil-based enamel
- Paint stick
- Paint tray
Place a tarp beneath the wardrobe. Remove the wardrobe's drawers as well as the doors, if possible, and either rest them on sawhorses or prop them against a wall. Take out any removable shelves, resting them on a table or countertop with the fronts hanging over the edge for ease of painting. Remove and set aside all the wardrobe’s hardware.
2Clean all the wardrobe’s surfaces. For painted furniture, use a cloth dipped in a bucket containing warm water and a small amount of vegetable-oil based cleanser. If the wardrobe is varnished, substitute TSP, or trisodium phophate, for the cleaner. Wear rubber gloves when using TSP to protect your skin. Allow the wardrobe to dry completely. In humid conditions, drying can take as long as several days.
3Sand all parts of the wardrobe’s surface with a fine-grit sandpaper, if you are painting over a previous coat of paint. If the wardrobe is varnished, sand with a medium-grit sandpaper then smooth with a fine-grit sandpaper. Wipe away any dust with a moist microfiber cloth.
4Apply a thin coat of primer to all parts of the wardrobe using a small or medium brush. When they are sufficiently dry, flip the shelves and doors to apply primer to their other sides. If you are making a drastic change in the wardrobe’s color, it’s a good idea to apply a second or even a third thin coat of primer. Follow the product’s directions to determine the necessary drying time.
5Open a can of latex enamel or oil-based enamel and stir the paint well with a paint stick. Pour some of the paint into a paint tray.
6Apply a thin coat of paint with a clean brush, starting with the drawer fronts and one side of the doors and shelves. Paint the body of the wardrobe, starting at the top and working down.
7When the paint dries sufficiently, flip the doors and shelves and paint the other sides. Allow to dry, following the directions on the paint can. Lightly sand all the surfaces with a fine-grit sandpaper, and gently wipe away dust with a moist cloth before applying a second light coat of paint.
Reattach the wardrobe’s shelves, doors and hardware when the paint is completely dry. Insert the drawers.
- Ask a paint store specialist to tint your primer to match your final paint color. This will help give your wardrobe a flawless-looking finish.
- Adding a paint conditioner or extender to your paint can help eliminate brush marks. Such products lengthen paint’s drying time so that you can avoid the laps that form when wet paint is brushed next to dried paint. Paint conditioners also level out the paint, allowing for an extra-smooth finish.