How to paint white wooden furniture

Painting white wooden furniture is a good way to renovate the old furniture. You can change the look of any room, but it will take time and patience. Since it is very cheap compared to buying new furniture, it is a common choice among many people. To paint white wooden furniture and achieve a professional finish, there are several steps to follow.


  1. Place the furniture on a protective cloth, newspaper or cardboard. Using a screwdriver, remove all accessories including knobs, handles, hinges and decorative parts. Remove all drawers and doors and place them separately on the fabric.
  2. Using a sandpaper or an electric sander, sand the surface of all parts of the cabinet. Make sure you do it in the direction of the wood grain to avoid scratches. Use the cloth to remove dust from the surface. Check each thing to see if you should re-sand it. It is very important to remove the previous finish completely. Once done, gently sand the surface with steel wool. This will create a smooth surface to apply the final coat of paint.
  3. Using a brush, apply a layer of base paint to the piece of furniture following the direction of the grain. After it dries, apply a second coat. This will ensure that the final layer adheres to the surface.
  4. Apply semi-worked white latex using a brush. Again, do it in the same direction as the vein. When it has dried, check that all parts of the furniture are properly painted. Usually only one coat of paint is required if base paint has been used.
  5. To give greater protection to the furniture, apply a layer of polyurethane to the water to all parts of the furniture. This will give you an extra shine. Allow all parts to dry before replacing accessories.

Tips & Warnings

  • Painting in a ventilated area will make the furniture dry faster. Use small brushes to reach small areas. Wear eye protection, especially when using the power sander.
  • Do not use a fan to dry the paint. This can ruin the finish.