If you’re looking for a way to bring in something a little new and different from your average options, painted cottage furniture may be the way to go. Adding paint can spruce up your old furniture. It can also add drama and a touch of uniqueness to simple or plain furniture you’re bringing into your home.
Dusting Your Painted Furniture
Painted furniture should be dusted about once a week. You may have to do it sooner if something happens to suddenly increase the amount of dust on the furniture, such as a move or a big party.
You can use a dry soft cloth if it’s just dust. If there is also other types of debris, you’ll need a damp cloth. You can use plain water or a dusting solution specifically made for painted surfaces. If you’re unsure, ask the staff at your hardware store for recommendations.
Start the top of the furniture and work your way down. Use gentle but firm strokes to remove any dust or debris until you reach the bottom. You may want to do this several times. There should be any liquid on the furniture when you’re done but if there is, use a dry soft cloth to wipe it away.
Washing Your Painted Furniture
Painted furniture should be washed once a month or after any event that make it particularly dirty. Before you begin washing your painted furniture, make sure you’ve dusted it thoroughly. If you don’t, dust and debris can cause scratching during the wash.
Start by buying a cleaning product specifically for painted surfaces. You can find many options in your grocery or hardware store. You can also use a homemade solution of a teaspoon of washing soda mixed thoroughly with a gallon of hot water. You’ll also need a sponge that won’t scratch the surface.
Start at the top of the furniture and use your soapy sponge to wipe each section of your painted furniture. Work your way down methodically. Then rinse the sponge with plain water and wipe down the furniture again, working your way from top to bottom. You may have to do this several times to completely rinse the furniture of any lingering cleaning product. The final step is to use a soft cloth to completely dry the piece of furniture. This prevents water spots and water damage on the wood.
Adding a Fresh Coat of Paint
If you find that your painted furniture is in need of some freshening up, consider adding a new coat of paint. Always work on clean and dry furniture. See the above paragraphs if you have questions about cleaning and always wait until the furniture is completely dry before beginning.
Remember to only use paint for your specific type of furniture. So if you have wooden wicker furniture, you want to pick up a paint that specifically mentions wood as one of the materials it adheres to. Ask the staff at your hardware store if you’re unsure.
Take a look at the state of the old paint on the furniture. Depending on its look, you may have to do some prepping before you begin painting. You also want to remove any old flaking paint with hard stiff brush. If it’s a lot of layers of old, goopy paint, you may need a liquid paint stripper instead. If the old paint is a dark or intense color, you may also need to start with a primer. You could also need more than one coat of color. And depending on the level of shine you’d like, consider adding a protective top coat. Be sure to let it dry thoroughly between each coat.