Repainting painted furniture. How to paint over painted wood furniture when your decor or plans change. Repainting over chalk painted table the easy way.
Repainting painted furniture is not something that I do often. As a matter of fact, I normally follow a no painting previously painted pieces rule (simply personal preference). But every now and then rules can be broken. The main reason I chose to repaint this piece of furniture for my customer is because I painted it for her the first time. Since I painted it, I know exactly what products are on it and how to repaint this painted table.
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Repainting a Painted Pineapple Pedestal Table
Materials Needed / Source List
- Zibra Paint Brush
- 150/220/320 Sand Paper
- Yellow Detailer Sponge
Original Ethan Allen Pineapple Pedestal Table
The first time this pedestal table made its way into my shop it looked like this. There were repairs needed before the makeover. Click here to see how this pineapple pedestal table was painted the first time around: Painted Pineapple Pedestal Table.
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.
Before Repainting Painted Furniture
You may be asking “how do I repaint painted furniture?” Are the rules the same as they are when painting furniture the first time around? What type of paint should I use when painting furniture? Like I mentioned, this table has been previously painted and yes you can paint over painted wood furniture. You may be surprised at how easy it is to paint over painted wood. But you still have to do the prep work. Like any other piece of furniture proper prep is key. Click here for a full tutorial on How to Prep Painted Furniture. This painted pedestal table is thoroughly sanded and cleaned prior to repainting.
Painting over Painted Wood Furniture
Once your painted furniture is properly sanded, cleaned and prepped you may paint. Grab your paintbrush, make sure it’s clean and get your favorite furniture paint. 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).
This table is being repainted using warm, creamy off-white chalk type paint. Click here to see this color on the Painted Farmhouse Bench You can find similar shades of off-white as well as other great paint colors with Dixie Belle that can be shipped to your door (HERE).
The First step in Repainting a Small Table
It’s always easier to flip the table over and paint the underside first. Then move on to painting the table top.
The pineapple area of the pedestal table has crevices of some sort. The round Zibra paint brush works great for getting into the detail areas. You can get this round Zibra brush HERE.
Smash paint into those crevice areas to make sure that the old paint is a thing of the past.
Next, flip your table over to paint the top. The flat Zibra is a better choice since it covers more surface area than the round. Since the previous paint job has a visible direction that the paint goes in, try to stay with the same. Pretty much just like painting with the wood grain – paint with the previous paint strokes.
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How to get a Smooth Finish with Wet Sanding
Once the table is completely painted you can also make it very smooth with wet sanding. Here is a quick video to show you how. (wet sanding and applying clear sealer)
Sealing your Repainted Painted Table
As always, make sure to seal your painted table. Whether you’re painting furniture or repainting painted furniture certain rules will always apply. 😉 I recently discovered these yellow detailer sponges, as shown in the above video for applying the clear sealer. They also work great for spindles like in the How to Paint a Rocking Chair with Spindles the Easy Way.
Here is a full tutorial with VIDEO showing how I seal my painted furniture projects: Sealing Painted Furniture
Repainting Painted Wood Furniture
In conclusion, yes you can paint over painted furniture at your own discretion. There are times where using a paint stripper may be beneficial when repainting painted furniture. Often it depends on what paint is already on the piece, so when possible, know your products. Keep in mind that your paint will only stick to the paint that is on the furniture. If the existing paint is peeling and chipping off you may need to remove it before repainting. Repainting painted furniture can be great to change your furniture as your decor changes. This repainted painted table is ready to head back home again.
You can also see how I set up, staged and photographed this table in a post with time-lapse video here: How to Photograph Furniture
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If you like this post then you need to check out Repainting Furniture with the Best Paint for a slightly newer version!
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Larissa ~ Prodigal Pieces says
Love a new look for a dated table and paint does wonders! Happy to hear you are enjoying my favorite brushes.
[email protected] of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer says
I too try to avoid pieces that are already painted. It is just more work, especially if the first paint job isn’t the best! Love the fresh new look of this table! XO
Need that sponge! Great painting tips in here, Kandice and pinned to my Painting Tips board. What a lovely table, especially painted white so the pineapple detail pops.
Jen @ Girl in the Garage says
Ah yes, I dread already-painted pieces! At least you were very familiar with it already. Beautiful job, Kandice. 🙂
The table is so lovely. So true about painting already painted furniture. I just finished up a piece and it is a lot of work.
Dee Dee says
I’m amazed at how much your video helps to show your technique. It makes such a difference to see the “How To” tutorials! I wish all my favorites would show an occasional tutorial to help those of us who have no experience. Thanks so much!
kandice kullmann says
Im glad they help. It’s my way to keep you coming back for more xoxoxo
What a beautiful table! I love pineapples! I love repainting painted furniture, I find it easier than stained.