1. Identify the furniture that you want to use
There are two options available. You can visit the aforementioned salvage yard/thrift shop/website to find the furniture that you like, or alternatively you can just work with what you currently have. Look for pieces such as wooden tables or chairs. For beginners, one of the simplest pieces to customise is a chest of drawers. While simple, there is so much that you can do with them. When customising the furniture in your home, it’s important to remember you don’t have to go all out; sometimes just altering one chair in the room can be enough.
2. Prepare the furniture
Before you begin to paint, you need to make sure that the furniture is ready to be painted. According to the finish of the wood, you can begin to prepare the top layer. Use a pad of wire wool with white spirit for a wax surface, or sandpaper for a varnished surface. This part may require a little bit of effort, but you can do this in sections so don’t worry too much about getting it done in one go.
3. Use a primer
Priming your furniture will help to smooth the surface and make it easier to paint, it will also give your furniture a much sleeker look. For wood, the best primer to go for is an acrylic-based primer because as it is much easier to work with.
4. Add the layers of paint.
It is recommended that you apply two coats of paint, but this is dependent on the look that you are going for. If you want a sleek finish, paint it twice, but if you are opting for a shabby chic look, you can paint it once and allow the surface to show through. You can also add a touch of varnish once this has been completed, but this all depends how polished you wish the furniture to look. Of course the colours you choose are entirely up to you. Some people like to add clear furniture wax at this stage, however this step is optional.
5. Customise the furniture.
If you want to be completely unique, you can experiment and mix different colours. This is the best thing about customising your own furniture; you can use and do whatever you want. Some people use stencils to create patterns on the sides of the furniture. Another option is to replace the handles with unique brass door knobs, which can help to complete the look. If you are only customising one piece of furniture, you can go all out and completely alter it. However if you are working on a set for example tables and chairs, you may want to ensure that you are consistent by using the same technique for each piece.
The process is fairly easy and can be done with all kinds of furniture for example chairs, tables and bookcases. Remember that you can make the pieces of furniture as eccentric as you want, there are no rules!