I am delivering this sideboard tonight to the buyer and I'm really hoping she loves it as much as I do.
The sideboard was beautiful when I bought it but big and brown and very scratched on top. But oh the shape had me getting out my money as soon as I spied it. The bow front and those carvings are just beautiful.
Big and Black is way more beautiful. I think she's pretty classy now. She's slipped on her little black dress and is ready to hit the town! Read below for my tips to achieving a perfect (or as close to perfect) finish when painting furniture black.
This possibly is one of my favourite pieces. The finish is very smooth and even which can be difficult in black when hand painting by brush. I distressed the edges and details slightly as I love the rich timber showing through. I left the original handles as it as I love them with the black. I removed them for painting as you get a much better finish not painting around the hardware.
How to paint furniture black
- Remove the hardware.
- Lightly sand your piece. The smoother the surface, the better you piece will look in the end. I used 400 grit sandpaper to sand this piece down before painting.
- Clean your piece well and let it dry.
- Avoid using a white primer as it will show through when you distress.
- Either choose a paint that has an inbuilt primer (paint/primer in one) or sand extremely well and just use black paint.
- Choose a satin, semi gloss acrylic paint or a chalk paint that has a good flow.
- A matte black finish is beautiful but it will show lots of finger marks and wear and it is hard to keep looking nice. Black can be very difficult to get an even waxed finish if you want to go that path.
- A gloss black paint will show every imperfection so unless your piece and your painting is ABSOLUTELY perfect and blemish free then avoid high gloss.
- Don't paint in hot weather or high humidity as those conditions shorten the drying time and make the brush marks more obvious.
- If you are getting obvious brush marks then use a drying extender such as Floetrol.
- Use a good quality synthetic angled brush.
- Paint your first coat, painting in the direction of the grain and not overworking your brush strokes.
- Wait for the paint to dry.
- Lightly sand with a fine sanding pad. Remove dust.
- Paint your second coat (and third after drying if required)
- Once fully dry lightly distress the edges to bring out the timber on the details. When distressing be careful as you don't want to scratch the painted finish, you only want to remove the paint on the edges.
- if you are using a chalk paint then you will need to top coat with wax or a sealer. It was be very hard to wax and get an even sheen. I have experimented with many different waxes and find that the oilier the wax the easier it is to get a good finish.
- Replace hardware.
Just to prove that I'm not all work and play, some sunset shots from playing in the park yesterday evening with the kids and the dog.
I'm looking forward to my competition painting class tomorrow with the winners. I look forward to sharing their efforts with you.