Home Repair

Painting furniture?

This topic is available here on The Repair-Place forum
This is really 2 questions:

1. What kind of paint do I use for painting wood furniture that does not have varnish on it? I suspect regular paint (like for walls).

2. I have a bookcase made out of pressboard covered with the stuff that looks like wood but I suspect is plastic. The kind of bookcase you used to buy at K-Mart for $20. I want to paint it. I tried acrylic craft paint on a hidden area and it worked but acrylic craft paint comes in little bottles and it would cost me a ton o' money. I don't want to spray paint it. Can i use regular paint (like for walls)?
As long as you use a proper primer first, you can use
regular paint like you'd use on the walls. Be sure to use
the right primer for the paint you intend to use; water based
for water based and oil based for oil based paint.
If you are going for the antiqued look you could alway use
milk paint on bare wood.
Just remember anything that can come through, like knots or
oils, will come through unless you use a good primer. If it is a
veneered surface the adhesive can travel through the surface
paint over time, and unevenly. Also, it takes some time, months
and even longer sometimes for the newly painted surface to show
spots and imperfections if you haven't primed. It may look great
at first, but you may end up having to repaint in a year.

Can you tell I am pro- primer? I prime just about everything.
There is a great primer called 'gripper' (I think) sold at home depot,
it may even be their own brand. It is really thick, but it has
been the best I've ever used. A word of caution though, if you
don't wash up mistakes while it is wet it will not ever come
Priming also limits the chances of chipping and peeling later on.



Questions to Webmaster