Prepare your furniture piece by removing all hardware and cleaning the surface. Allow to dry and then sand using your mouse sander and sanding sponges. Use sandpaper in very tight places, if necessary.Apply wood putty to any dings, scratches or gouges that are still visible after sanding. Allow the putty to dry. Sand over the dried putty until the area is smooth and not noticeable from the wood surrounding it.Remove debris caused from sanding with a tack cloth until the surface is clean.
Tape off glass and mirrors as well as areas you don't want to get paint (like the inside of the piece). Paper can be used to help cover large areas of mirror and glass .
Using a foam roller when possible and a paintbrush in the other areas, apply your first coat of primer. Allow to dry completely and apply a second coat of primer, if necessary. Allow final coat of primer time to dry, overnight is best.*Note - primer is not required if you are painting your furniture with chalk paint.
Roll on your paint in a thin layer where possible. Use a paintbrush for any difficult areas or detail work. Allow the paint time to dry completely. Several hours is best. Continue adding layers of thin paint until you achieve good coverage.
Remove your painter's tape and masking. Use a tiny paintbrush to clean up areas where the tape might have pulled off some of the paint. If touch ups were necessary, allow the piece ample time to dry.
Finish the piece with polyurethane to protect the piece according to your sealer's directions and allow to dry. Add hardware back to the piece and reattach doors, insert drawers. In the event painting things like tabletops, allow the paint plenty of time to cure, at least a week before placing items on top.*Note - in the case of chalk paint, use a wax from the same brand of paint you are using to seal the piece.
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