Painting wood furniture can completely transform the appearance of a piece of furniture. As long as you know how to paint wood furniture the possibilities are endless as to what you can create. And if you want your creative painted furniture makeover to last then you should also look into the best paint for wood furniture while you’re at it. No worries, I’ve got you covered. With hundreds of furniture makeovers under my belt, I have multiple tutorials on different finishes for painting wood furniture that you can find all here on the blog. But for the sake of this project, I want to share with you how to paint wood furniture that is super ornate to make it look amazing with layers and patina.
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Supply List for Painting Wood Furniture
What You Will Need
- Electric Sander
- Lint Free Cloth
- Furniture Tri-Dollies
- Zibra Paint Brushes
- Chip Brushes
- Cling On Paint Brushes
- Yellow Applicator Sponges
- Find all of my favorite tools and products on my Amazon Page here
Make sure to stick around all the way to the end, its Furniture Fixer Upper time where my fellow furniture painting friends join in and share their projects as well.
Vintage Ornate Wooden Table
This wooden table is old, dark and covered in old shellac. But, oooh look at those details!
Another cool thing about this old table is that there is no hardware. The ‘handle’ to open the drawers is incorporated into the ornate details on the drawers themselves. I confess that I tried to keep the old textured shellac on the table top. But a last-minute decision brought me to sand it smooth with the electric sander.
The entire table is cleaned, sanded and prepped as I always Prep Painted Furniture. Even inside the drawers is prepped for paint.
Painting an Ornate Wood Table
I think it goes without saying that painting wood furniture can also save your old outdated or ugly things and give them a whole new life. So let’s start by flipping this little guy over for a thorough base coat. Grab your favorite brush and make sure it’s clean. I like to swap back and forth between Cling Ons and Zibra brushes. They both have soft bristles, are easy to work with and clean up well. (I abuse my brushes) To be honest, I like them both and don’t have a true preference. Zibra brushes are a bit more affordable and can be ordered online (HERE). Cling Ons can be ordered online (HERE).
For the base color, I am starting with a deep green base called Collard Greens by Dixie Belle. There are always different methods depending on whether you are painting furniture light or dark. For example, when painting wood furniture white or light colors you would want to use a different base coat. You would be better off starting with a primer or sealer to prevent any bleed through. But since we are painting this wood table in layers and patina we can skip that particular step. (When you do want to paint furniture white make sure to check out my tips: Painting Furniture White)
Collard greens give a nice rich base coat over this ornate wooden table.
Painting Wood Furniture with Layers
But it will not stay this gorgeous rich color. Sorry. As crazy as it sounds, next, I am adding a layer of Colonel Mustard which is a mustard yellow. Please bear with me, I know this doesn’t really look pretty. Yet. But let’s keep going.
If you are new to furniture painting and want to learn how to update old furniture with paint you can always start at the beginning with How to Paint Furniture – a Beginners Guide.
Painting Wood Furniture with Patina
When considering painting wood furniture ideas, what about patina? Who knew that adding a little age, texture, and grunge would look so amazing? I am adding patina to this painted wood table by first applying Dixie Belles copper patina paint.
To activate the patina you have to follow the patina paint with the patina spray.
The beginning stages of oxidation are still rather um, less than pretty.
The patina can take up to 24 hours to fully complete ‘doing its thing’ of oxidizing and drying. You can see where the patina green color is starting to show as the patina paint and spray dry.
When painting a wood table you really can have fun and take chances. This is what the table looks like after 24 hours of adding patina paint. Still a little wild, I know. We definitely need to tone this down.
Applying a Wash with Furniture Paint
To soften the overall appearance of this painted finish we are applying a wash. The majority of the time, when applying a wash I use white furniture paint. But in the case of this painted table, I want to keep the color more on the yellow side. Since I rarely get to paint yellow furniture I don’t want to change my yellow to white if that makes sense. So we will add a diluted wash using soft yellow furniture paint called Rebel yell-ow by Dixie Belle.
To make a wash with furniture paint simply scoop some paint into a cup and dilute with water. Keep a spray bottle handy as well for adding more water if needed.
Working in sections you will want to brush your diluted paint on to the piece.
Spray with more water, as needed.
Grab a clean, dry rag or old T-shirt.
Wipe away the paint that you just applied. Make sure to work rather quickly to wipe away the paint before it dries completely.
The soft yellow wash softens the overall appearance and helps to blend all of the colors together. You can find a more detailed tutorial on whitewashing here: How to Whitewash Wood Furniture.
Prefer video? I bet you do. Here is a video showing the patina application as well as the wash application.
Finishing Up Your Painted Table
As an added touch, a small amount of Fluff is added very lightly to the high points of the details. Fluff is an off-white furniture paint by Dixie Belle and is applied the same way that you would apply gilding wax. I apply the Fluff by dabbing my finger into the paint, wiping it off and rubbing it on with my finger.
Go ahead and lightly distress the edges and as always, when painting wood furniture or any furniture for that matter make sure to seal your project for protection. This table is sealed using Dixie Belles clear satin sealer. If you have questions about sealing your painted furniture project you can find a full tutorial with video on how to apply clear sealer here: Sealing Painted Furniture
Painting Wooden Furniture for Breathtaking Results
Now that you know how to paint wood furniture and how to take chances and paint with patina, go make something beautiful! But before you go make sure to take in all the eye candy that result from taking chances. I admit that I questioned myself many times during this painted furniture makeover, but I am in love with the end result. This table was donated to a local animal rescue and auctioned off to help pay for vet bills for their puppies. Click here to see all of my projects that have been donated to support local fundraisers, schools, and charities: Donation Projects.
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