HOW TO CHANGE COLOR OF A WOOD FURNITURE.

Many of you have asked me … and I have prepared for you a little guide that will help you, if you want, to CHANGE THE COLOR OF A WOOD FURNITURE.
 
Like many others, during these last weeks at home, I have spent some time trying new recipes, preparing all kinds of food.  As the ingredients started to become scarce, I also tried recipes of mysterious cakes, without butter, without milk, without eggs…
 
This tutorial was born with the same spirit as the recipes that do not have many ingredients, or at least those that seem really necessary. A cake without eggs? Yes, a cake without eggs.
Here in Portland, I have almost none of my equipment, only a few things left over from a
recent job, by the way, completely different from the one I’m proposing… but if a cake without eggs and without butter has succeeded, making do with what we have in the house, why shouldn’t it be possible to micro restyle a piece of furniture without having everything at your disposal?
 
This brave nightstand, which I had at home, has decided to be my model. I will paint only the front door and a side part, because even the primer is running low in this house at the moment!
 
If you feel like trying, then follow the next steps! And if you post your creation, please tag @benegoodsdesign!
 
I’ve tried to write as much as I can to explain as much as possible. 
I know a video would have been more fun, but since I personally prefer recipes with photos and descriptions… Let’s get started.
1. YOU NEED
 
-ROLLERS & BRUSHES,  
I advise you to use those in foam rubber or short bristles (in the picture on the right the one I always use). 
The size is decided according to the size of your furniture: for example, if you have to paint the doors of a nightstand. 
(as I will) use rollers no smaller than 4 inches, larger if you want to paint doors instead.
Use two different rollers: one to spread the primer, one to spread the paint.
Smaller rollers and brushes will be useful for details.
 
-WATER-BASED PRIMER, 
It has a slightly less clinging yield than solvent, but is odourless and non-toxic so perfect for indoor works. However, if you are going to paint the top of a table, or a TV cabinet, or any surface that is subject to greater stress, then pass at least 3 coats.
                                              
-WATER-BASED PAINT 
having used water-based cementite, the paint must also have the same characteristics. You can choose any colour and finish according to your taste.
 
-TAPE, FILLER, SPATULA AND SAND PAPER (if any)
 
 
2. CLEAN THOROUGHLY
 
It is important to remove dust and dirt before painting, otherwise the paint will not adhere well to the surfaces.
 
 
3. INDENTIFY IMPERFECTIONS
 
In my nightstand, for example, I have a ruined edge at the front and a deep groove on the side.  
In the first case the primer will be enough to repair it, in the second case instead we should repair it with putty. With the spatula you fill the affected area. Once dry (drying times are always indicated on the package) remove the excesses with the sandpaper. Dust. 
 
 
4. PUT THE TAPE
 
This is done to protect the parts we’re not going to paint. Having decided to paint only the front door and one side, I’m going to put the tape along the edges of the areas to be left unchanged. Put pressure on it to make it stick well. 
You can skip this step completely if you have decided to paint everything.
 
If we wanted to be super diligent now we would have to pass sandpaper over all the parts to be painted! This operation, besides being a deadly bore, would create a lot of dust, so we can avoid doing it but we have to repeat the next step two or more times.
 
 
5. APPLY THE PRIMER
 
Using the roller and not the brush as I do, apply a first coat by applying a small amount: the primer is very dense and if you put too much of it on, it will create a thick, wrinkled layer, which you will be forced to remove. Wait for the drying time and repeat the step. If , by touching the surfaces, you feel any imperfections when you’re done, then lightly wipe the sandpaper.
 
 
 
6. APPLY THE PAINT
 
You can finally add color (I chose off-white).  Always using the roller, spread a first coat applying a small amount and once dry, repeat the step, until you have obtained a total coverage (I needed two coats).  Remove the tape and your furniture will be ready! Congratulations on your micro restyling!