1. Prep the furniture
If your item of furniture has drawers, shelves or handles, take it all apart first so that you can tackle each section separately.
Sand down your wooden furniture using a piece of sandpaper or an electric sander. Once you’ve got to the point where all varnish has been removed and the surfaces look smooth, use a wet cloth to wipe down the furniture and wait for it to dry. This should take no more than an hour.
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2. Prime the furniture
Use a roller or brush to apply a thin coat of primer to the furniture. This will seal in any possible bleed through and will create a nice foundation for your white paint. Leave the primer to dry for approximately 4 to 6 hours.
3. Apply the first coat of white paint
Use a roller or brush to paint your first layer of paint. We recommend using a durable and wipeable paint like one from our Easycare range. It’s the ideal paint to use in a high-traffic area like your living room, especially if you have children or pets.
Keep the coat thin and ensure your strokes follow one direction. Allow approximately one hour for the paint to dry.
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4. Sand after your first layer
Sanding in gentle, circular motions after each coat will help to ensure a smooth finish. Make sure you remove any dust that forms on the surface as a result of sanding.
5. Apply another layer of white paint
Repeat steps 3 and 4 until you have the perfect finish. You may find that two coats of white paint is enough, or you may want to do three or four until you have your desired finish.
6. Finish with a top coat
Once the final paint layer has dried, apply a top coat such as a varnish, a wax or a sealer to keep your white furniture looking fresh for longer. Once that’s dry, put your furniture back together again, and there you have it: a piece of white furniture that’s as good as new.
For more inspiration on decorating with white, explore our white on white room ideas.