How to sand and paint furniture

how to sand and paint furniture for outside

My daughter was asking me the other day to get my craft stuff organized. She loves to organize. My crafts were everywhere. So we went looking around the house for what we could use as the storage for all our craft supplies. I’m at a point in my life where I don’t really want to buy plastic storage on wheels. It’s not as pretty as I’d like it to be. So we found this bench in my attic. It belonged to my brother and it needed a lot of work. Check out what it looked like below and then find out how to sand and paint furniture. 

how to sand and paint a piece of furniture before pic

How to sand and paint furniture

You can tell this bench has been through a lot. I got extra fine sandpaper at my local store and set about to sanding the entire bench. Don’t forget to sand the legs and the foot rests too. All spindles and armrests must be sanded to. 

how to prepare furniture to sand and paint it

Items needed to sand and paint furniture

You need a rag, extra fine sand paper, exterior paint if it’ll be outside, paintbrush, paint can opener

After sanding the furniture what’s next?

Once sanded completely then you wipe the piece of furniture down completely. Make sure you left no dust or sanding particles on the bench. 

stripping furniture


Now it’s completely stripped and wiped down. So we are ready to paint it. I put on two coats. Be sure to go over the spindles at the top and bottom really well and to look at the piece of furniture from all sides to make sure you got all the spots you might have missed. 

paint the bench outside in a ventilated area on paper

You can see I painted the bench outside on paper. This does two things you don’t get grass on the legs and you are painting in a lighted well ventilated area. Didn’t it turn out cute? Once my daughter and I were finished we let it dry about 15 minutes and then moved it to the sidewalk so I could see if I got paint everywhere it needed to be. I had to touch up the feet and then I let it dry on the sidewalk. I used an exterior paint as this is going to be on my porch for a little while. I think it turned out really cute. What do you think? 

how to sand and paint outside furniture

Do you have a piece of furniture that you need to redo so you can enjoy it on your porch? Come back later and see us turn this into a craft bench for storage! 


How to Sand and Paint Furniture
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One Reply to “How to sand and paint furniture”

  1. This came out so nice. It is a labor of love, I would really enjoy doing this, but I don’t have a place where I could – one reason I want to move!

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