How To Prep Furniture For Painting

How to prep your furniture for paint from Front Porch Mercantile

How to prep your furniture for paint from Front Porch Mercantile

When preparing to paint furniture with FAT Paint, Fusion Mineral Paint or Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint probably one of the most common questions I am asked is “how do I prep my piece?”

I’m here to tell you my prep secrets.

My first secret? There is always a bit of prep. No matter who tells you what. You really need to make sure your piece is ready for paint.

But prep can be easy and quick.

Remove any hardware and make any repairs to your piece. If you are replacing hardware find your new hardware and fill any holes BEFORE you paint. It can be difficult to find the same size hardware.

Ok. That’s done. Let’s prep.

If your piece has been previously painted or stained your 1st step is to give it a quick scuff sand with a medium grit sanding sponge I use this sanding sponge .

Fat Paint sand

You are not taking the finish off, just giving it some tooth. A full size dresser should only take 5 mins.

2nd Step…CLEAN your piece. Give your piece a good cleaning with a degreaser. You want to make sure that there is no grease or grime left on the piece. Sometimes this means just a quick wipe with a light soapy rag, sometimes it means getting out the heavy duty degreaser (Spray Nine TSP etc) be sure you don’t leave any residue and rinse well. *DO NOT use any cleaners with oils such as Murphy’s Oil soap, or that contains essential oils which some all natural cleaners do, the oils will repel the paint! This is not a good thing.

3rd step – (if using Fusion Mineral Paint) if your piece is super shiny, you will want to do one coat of Ultra Grip First clear coat as a base coat at this stage.


That’s it.

Now it’s time to paint.

Painting with FAT Paint and Cling On Brushes



Told ya.

If you have any questions about prep, just ask. I’d love to help you out. Of course there are times when a little more work is involved, if a piece needs repairs, or perhaps some wood fill. Occasionally some pieces will also have bleed through, where the tannins will come through the paint, or you may want to base coat with a primer or another colour if you are going dark to very light, I will be doing a post on repair and what to do about bleed through and those other issues. However, the majority of the pieces you paint, will just require these quick steps. It’s really not scary at all!

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Wendy, John + Front Porch Lifestyle