How to repaint a piece of furniture?


Reader’s question

"I have a white ash chest of drawers. How could I repaint it?”

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You can update furniture pieces with a coat of paint; they will get a fresh new look.

A step-by-step repaint process is as follows:

  • Remove any hardware from the piece (knobs, hinges, etc.).
  • Start sanding with fine (220 grit) sandpaper to remove old paint before applying the new paint.
  • Remove any dust by rubbing preferably with a damp cloth.
  • For best results, brushing in the direction of the grain, apply a thin coat of primer and let dry.
  • When the primer is dry, apply the first coat working also in the direction of the wood grain.
  • On the next day apply a second layer.
  • When dry it is ready for use.


      • Prefer eco-friendly paints
      • Follow the paint manufacturer's directions
      • Avoid application at low or high ambient temperatures (<10°C,> 35oC)
      • Avoid high humidity (> 55%)
      • When painting, you must ensure that there is proper ventilation

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