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How to Paint Pine Furniture with Joanne Condon

Pine is a perfect project for painting. Updating the old orange pine by painting it a colour of your choice is a great way to fall back in love with your furniture. Giving it a whole new look and lease of life.

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Remove the drawers from the frame. Number under the drawers  with a piece of chalk as you remove them to ensure that you place them back in the correct order.



1.Spray the whole piece down with sugar soap and leave sit for about 30-60 seconds to break down the dirt and grime.

2.With a lightly dampened cloth wipe down the piece of furniture. Make sure the cloth is only lightly dampened, to remove any residue the sugar soap might leave behind.



3.With a medium sanding block (120grit) Scuff the awkward areas in the direction of the grain. You do not need to sand back to the bare wood, scuffing the surface will allow the primer to adhere better to the furniture.

4.With an electrical sander or by hand, sand the flat areas with a 120 grit sand paper.


Removing the dust

5. With a brush attachment on a vacuum, vacuum up the dust and the inside the drawers and underneath the unit. Make sure to also vacuum the surface you sanded on.

6.With a tack cloth remove the last bits of dust.



7.With a sash brush and Fast flow, Primer and Undercoat, prime all the awkward areas first. With the larger areas use a microfibre roller. Leave to fully dry.


Scratch Test

8.After the primer is fully dry. (I tend to leave it for a few hours) Try and scratch the paint off. (It should not come off, if it does it may need to be sanded more)



9. Paint all awkward areas first with Fastflow Quick Dry Satin (ie. the rim, the tongue and groove, hard to reach areas.)

10. With a mini paint roller paint the flatter surface areas. Leave to fully dry.

11. Paint a second layer of paint in the same method as above.

12. For a super smooth finish, sand in between coats with a 240 grit sandpaper, remove the dust with a tack cloth after each sand.


Painters tape  (Optional) 

13. I used a triangle template to make sure my triangles were the same size on the piece. Place the card triangle in position and tape around the triangle with the painters tape. To ensure the painters tape is in position and prevent paint bleeding. Press the tape down with your thumb.

14. Paint a light layer of paint. Leave to dry and apply another thin layer, this is to ensure that you don’t have thick edges. Once you have the second layer painted you can peel back the tape immediately you don’t need to wait for the paint to dry. Peel back the tape slowly.

15. Add as many colours and triangles that you like!


Optional: Changing the legs


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