There are lots of things you can do so that when you paint furniture with a paint brush, the finish comes out smooth and professional looking. There are things you can do to avoid brush marks and avoid having your work come out looking sloppy.
1. Remove Hardware– To start, make sure all the hardware has been removed. Using a screwdriver you can unscrew the hardware and remove it. I usually store it in the drawer while I work.
2. Make Sure The Piece is Clean & Prepped – Then, I usually do the usual prepping of sanding and thoroughly cleaning the piece to avoid dust getting underneath the paint and keeping it from adhering properly.
3. Use a Tapered or Angled Brush – I find that an angled brush works best at getting around beveled edges and in cracks and corners of the piece. I usually use a 2 & 1/2 – 3″ brush. I usually use a Purdy or a Wooster brand.
4. Use a Paper Plate – For me, it helps to have a paper plate nearby that I can wipe off extra paint from the brush, especially when working in areas of the piece that are harder to even out the paint.
5. Check For Drips – Once I’ve painted the piece, I always look over it and see if there are any drips that need to be smoothed out. If they have already started to dry out, just do the best you can. You may need to wait and sand it down once the paint has dried.
6. Paint in One Direction – For each section you are working on, I try to keep the paint looking like its all going in one direction. I think it just helps with the overall look once the paint is dried.
7. Let The Paint Settle by Section – Work quickly and in sections, once the paint is covered in an area, leave it alone and move to the next section. If you mess with it once it has started to dry, you can make it look rough and bumpy.
8. Use Floetrol – Floetrol is a great product for giving your paint more time to settle, smooth out and dry. It can help you have a smoother finish.
9. Sand Between Coats – Once the first coat is dry, I usually go over it quickly with a 220 grit sandpaper, if I’m looking for an extra smooth finish.
10. Wait Between Coats – Once the first coat is dry, I would wait a few hours before starting the second coat, for optimal durability. But, it’s not totally necessary, I’ve been known to start a 2nd coat 1 hour after applying the 1st coat.
Follow these tips and your next project will come out looking beautiful and professional.