3 Frustrating Furniture Painting Problems Solved With One Tip.
I kind of have been holding out on you guys. I wanted to test this project a few times before I told you how life changing it was. Good news! It IS life changing and now you are in on the secret!
Painting furniture has long been one of my favorite pastimes. It is always amazing to me how a little love can totally change a piece from horrifying to awe inspiring. My go to technique has always been spray painting because every time I tried to paint with normal paint it was a HORRIBLE experience. Now, I know that there are people that swear by good brushes, foam rollers, and Floetrol and I am sure that they work for some…but I have never been able to master the paint from a can technique…until now.
First lets chat about the 3 most common problems when it comes to painting.
1. Brush Strokes. Also the acronym for brush strokes is BS. Just putting that out there. Brush strokes happen when your paint dries before it has a chance to level. The stiffer (I am just going to say it, and crappier) your brush the worse it is going to look. Chip brushes are literally your worst nightmare when painting furniture. But even with expensive brushes I have never been able to paint something brush stroke free.
2. Flashing. Flashing is unevenness in a paint finish sheen. It happens for a few reasons. If you are using cheap paint, especially cheap paint that has a high sheen, trying to get too much paint out of a roller, not leaving a wet edge, and rolling all willy nilly. Flashing is extremely noticeable when light reflects off of a piece. White foam rollers are like a shifty teenager in a trench coat on the sidelines of the homecoming football game. They are perfectly poised to ruin your crowning moment. Also foam rollers=light texture. Not enough to start over but FOR SURE enough to make you want to kick the dresser every time you walk by it.
3. Stickiness After Drying. Have you guys ever been in contact with a piece of furniture that never fully cured? It is eternally sticky to the touch. This happened once to a piece that was in my Mother In Law’s house. It was a four poster bed that was painted high gloss black and it was unusable because it was so sticky. This can happen for a few reasons, your paint could be crappy quality, there wasn’t adequate dry time between layers. It seems like the higher the sheen, the more you risk this being a factor. Plain and simple, latex wall paint is not ideal for furniture.
So do you want to know what the secret combo is for a perfect paint job?
Sherwin Williams Pro Classic and a Mohair Roller. I kid you not, you will never go back once you have tried this combo.
Start by prepping you piece with a light sanding and a good cleaning. (By light sanding i mean the way you would wipe down a wall)
Load your roller.
This is the most important part so listen and listen good. Roll it on with only a few passes, I am talking 3. Don’t worry so much about coverage, you can do more than one coat. Just make sure that there aren’t any globby areas.
Now put your roller down and walk away. When the paint starts to dry and you mess with it, it is just a recipe for disaster and will always look worse when you are done.
And then you will hate yourself. So just trust.
This is a freshly rolled drawer vs. one that has had time to dry, can you see how much the paint relaxes and evens out?
I have never had something work so well time and time again. You guys, this is the real deal.
My only request? Don’t hug me too tight when you see me next. I love my guts intact.