How to restore a wooden cupboard with a hand painted finish
Priming, sanding, filling & final top coats all played an important part in achieving the overall finish of this hand painted wooden cupboard. Don’t get it all right and it doesn’t work out so well!
Where I find furniture to restore
I picked this up from a customer a few weeks ago. I had just completed a restoration job on a table for him & he asked if I would be interested in buying some things he no longer had any use for. You never know where the next great piece will come from.
This is what it looked like when we found it out in his shed…
By the standards of some of the pieces that come in to my workshop, this one was in very good condition. I decided to finish this in exactly the same way I would refinish a kitchen cupboard. This is the process…
- Remove the door & all fixtures & fittings
- Clean the whole piece with meths & wire wool followed by a rinse with warm water
- Sand using 240 grit paper
- First coat of primer (Zinsser Bullseye 1-2-3) applied with short-grip Proform Picasso
- Fill any holes or imperfections. This piece needed special attention at the door panel joints. The top was completely filled, a skim fill I call it, to pack the grain & achieve a flawless smooth finish. Then sand again with 240 grit paper, concentrating on the filled areas making sure to remove all residue of filler from the surface .
Hand Painted Cupboard
For that finishing touch I spray-painted the handle with silver paint & the look was complete…
I hope this post was helpful & gives you all the confidence to give furniture painting a go yourself in the future. Happy Painting.
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