People often ask how to paint bare wood thinking it must be a difficult process. But rest assured it isn’t. Like any job, the preparation is the key to getting the best possible finish.

The first question you need to ask is why would you want to paint bare wood furniture? If the piece is made from softwood then it makes sense as often the wood isn’t particularly pretty so a tint of color can work wonders. Stains and dyes are available in a variety of colors so you should have no problem finding one to suit your decorating scheme.

You must first ensure that the unpainted wood furniture is ready for painting. It may require sanding and if this is the case, you must be sure to remove all sanding dust before painting. Seal any knots or cracks with sealant before painting. You will need to prime the unit before applying paint as otherwise it may crack and peel off.

There are different wood paints available but most people now opt for water based acrylic paints as they are dry quickly, are easy to clean and kinder to the environment. If you are painting a piece of child’s furniture then you need to ensure that the materials are suitable for children. Kids have a habit of putting things in their mouth and this often includes tasting new furniture!

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If you have purchased unpainted oak wood, then you might want to reconsider painting it. Oak is a beautiful specimen and a wax finish will help to highlight its natural beauty. You can always use a tinted wax if you want to deepen the color of the finished product.

If you have purchased a piece of bare wood furniture for use outdoors, you will need to use a colored preservative to stain and protect at the same time.

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