Once upon a time, painting used to be the work of creative and professional people. But with several DIY kits and loads of instruction and tutorials available in the internet, it has become a common household phenomenon for many to do painting of tables, chairs, cupboards and doors. Well, nothing wrong in it, as long as correct procedures are adopted. But unfortunately, when any of these resources and tutorials available on the internet guides wrongly, the end result becomes a shoddy work with rough finish and chipping or peeling of paints. Where exactly are things going wrong?

Basically people make five mistakes while painting their furniture, says, a reputed Interior Designer In Pune. People start painting work with great enthusiasm to create a new dimension to the look of furniture. Due to lack of patience, they start skipping few important steps to get the results in a jiffy. Unfortunately, skipping few important steps may not yield the desired results and also trigger the necessity to do rework, sometimes again right from the scratch! Let us see what are those five mistakes that people usually make and get disappointed with the outcome of their work.

1.Lack of sanding
Don’t heed to attention if anybody claims that sanding is not required. In fact, many primer manufacturers claim the non-requirement of sanding. Let us share the secret – primer would get bonded with the surface, if and only if the surface is prepared suitably. Hence sanding is essential. Sand the surface mildly with 150 grit or emery paper and take care not to damage the surface. In case, the furniture has a coat of varnish, go for 80 grit paper.

2.Improper cleaning
After sanding the surface, it is very much vital to clearly wipe the surface with a lint free cloth. Even for the existence of minute layer of dust on the surface, the next coat of primer or paint would not adhere properly and would peel off over the period of days. This may cause real pain and you may have to repeat the procedure from sanding. After cleaning, always run your hand across the surface to feel for its cleanliness.

3.Not filling cracks or holes
No furniture is blemish free. But they can be camouflaged by using good quality fillers. Under sanded conditions, they may not be very much visible. Hence use a flash light and check out all surface of your furniture for cracks and holes. With different angles of light, cracks and holes can be easily seen. Do not miss out even a single spot, as they would present an ugly dot after painting.

4.Improper primer and applicator selection
Primers are never same for two different surfaces. Based on the surface of the furniture, – laminate or wood, choose the appropriate primer. Again, it would be a smart choice to go for good quality brush for application of primer and paint. When you try to cut extra investment in good quality of brushes, the end result would definitely be a tradeoff between saved money and desired result. Also it would be ideal to use mini foam roller for application of these protective coatings.

5.Improper painting methods
Again a mini foam roller would do the trick for application of all the three coats of paint. But on most of the occasions, people do not sand the surface, especially when there are residues or drips on the surface. While the same sanding sheet can be used, it is essential to go for new cloth to wipe the surface. Make sure the time gap between each coat is atleast 8 hours. Any sort of mistake in this stage would get clearly noticed while applying the final water based protective gloss to the surface.

As a final tip, it would always be better to check the chosen color on a piece of work to ensure your liking, says Sudhir Pawar & Associates, one of the reputed Interior Designers In Pune. If you are interested in renovating your furniture or interior of your house, do not hesitate to discuss the idea with us.