How to Paint Bedroom Furniture

Are you looking to add a touch of personality and style to your bedroom? Painting furniture is an easy, affordable way to give any space a new look. Whether it’s for the first time or you’re ready for something completely different from before.

How to Paint Bedroom Furniture

This article on how to paint bedroom furniture will help you transform your bedroom with unique colors and decorative paint techniques. From prepping the furniture, selecting colors, adding accents, and more — take control of the transformation process and show off some beautiful results!

Essential Materials

Before you get started, make sure to have the following materials on hand:

Sandpaper or a Sanding Block :

Use Sandpaper or a Sanding Block to lightly sand the furniture before painting


Choose a high-quality latex, enamel or oil based exterior paint.

Primer :

A good primer is essential for a long lasting paint job.

Paint Brushes and Rollers:

Make sure to get the right size brush or roller for the job.

Wood Stain :

If you want to preserve the natural look of the wood, a wood stain is recommended.

Protective Gear:

It is important to wear protective eyewear, gloves and a mask when painting.

12 Step-by-step Guidelines on How to Paint Bedroom Furniture

Step 1: Select the Furniture.

Choose the furniture you want to paint and make sure it’s clean and free of dirt. You can use a vacuum cleaner or a damp cloth to clean the furniture. If there was a previous finish on the furniture, use a chemical stripper to remove it. Remember to wear safety gear when stripping the furniture. But if the furniture is already sanded, you can skip this step.

Choose the Furniture You Want to Paint

Step 2: Sand the Furniture.

Lightly sand the furniture to ensure a smooth finish. A 150-grit sandpaper should do the trick. Start by sanding in the direction of the grain of the wood, then move to a finer grit sandpaper (220-grit) for a smoother finish.

If you have detailed furniture with grooves, use a small piece of sandpaper to reach them. Then, make sure to remove all dust from the furniture before painting.

Step 3: Clean the Furniture.

After you’ve sanded the furniture, use a cloth or vacuum cleaner to remove any dust from the surface. It’s important that the furniture is completely clean before painting. But make sure it’s not wet when you start painting.

If you are working with a previously painted surface, use a chemical cleaner to remove dirt and grease. Otherwise, use a degreaser to remove any residue from the furniture.

Step 4: Prime the Furniture.

Using a high-quality primer is essential for long lasting paint job. Make sure to apply two coats of primer, following the manufacturer’s instructions and paying special attention to details like corners and edges. Allow each coat to dry before applying the next one.

Using a High-quality Primer is Essential

Step 5: Select Your Paint Colors and Techniques.

Choose colors that will complement your decor and create unique looks by using faux finishes such as stippling, sponging, etc. This will add texture and dimension to the furniture. Always try to use high-quality paint for the best results. It is also important to use exterior paint for furniture that will be exposed to the elements.

Step 6: Paint the Furniture.

Using a high-quality paintbrush or roller, start painting in the direction of the wood grain. If you want an even finish and fewer strokes, use a small brush for detailed areas and a larger brush with more paint to cover large areas.

Allow each coat to dry completely before applying another one if necessary. If you are using spray paint, make sure to apply several light coats instead of one thick coat.

Step 7: Apply Protective Finish.

Once your furniture is painted and looking great, it’s important to protect it from wear and tear by using a good quality sealant. This will help prevent chipping, fading, and other damage due to everyday use.

If you are using spray paint, make sure to use a sealant specifically designed for it. Then, let the sealant dry before you start using your newly painted furniture.

Step 8: Add Finishing Touches.

You can add accents to the furniture by painting patterns or designs with a stencil, using wood stain for areas you don’t want to be painted, or adding decorative hardware. That way, you can make your bedroom furniture look unique and give it a personalized touch. You can also use decoupage paper or fabric to add a special design.

Step 9: Let it Dry.

Allow your painted furniture to dry completely before moving or placing items back on it. This step is important for preventing any damage to the paint job. It may take a few days for the paint and sealant to cure completely.

Allow Your Painted Furniture to Dry Completely

But once it does, your bedroom furniture will look beautiful and last for many years. Take the time to do it right and you’ll be rewarded with a stunning piece of furniture that will look great in your room.

Step 10: Clean Up.

Clean up any paint drips and spills immediately to avoid any permanent stains on the furniture or flooring. Make sure to dispose of all paint cans responsibly so as not to pollute the environment.

If you’ve used paint spray, also make sure to clean your painting equipment thoroughly before storing it away. It’s also a good idea to vacuum the furniture, walls and floor to get rid of all dust particles.

Step 11:  Enjoy!

Now that you’ve successfully painted bedroom furniture, sit back and enjoy the transformation process and show off some beautiful results! You will have a piece of furniture that is unique, beautiful and tailored to your own style.

And since it was made with your own hands, you can always make changes or additions to it in the future.  So have fun and enjoy the process!

Step 12: Care for the Furniture.

To keep your freshly painted furniture looking its best, make sure to clean it regularly with a damp cloth or vacuum cleaner. Avoid using harsh chemicals as these can damage the furniture and its paint job. For more tips on how to care for furniture properly, check out our blog post “Caring for Your Newly Painted Furniture”.

By following these simple steps on how to paint bedroom furniture, you will be able to transform any piece of furniture into a one-of-a-kind masterpiece in no time! Have fun creating and don’t forget to share photos of your work with us on Instagram, we’d love to see them! Good luck and happy painting!

Do You Need to Use Professionals?

If you are not experienced in painting furniture, the best choice may be to hire a professional painter. Professional painters can provide a better finish and can help make sure that the furniture is properly prepped and painted. They will also have access to better quality tools and materials, which can result in a better looking paint job.

Overall, painting furniture is a great way to give your bedroom an updated look without spending too much money. By following these steps, you can easily give any piece of furniture a new look

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How Long Does It Take to Paint Bedroom Furniture?

A: The amount of time it takes to paint bedroom furniture will depend on the size of the furniture and the complexity of the paint job. If you are painting with a brush or roller, it can take up to several hours depending on how many coats of primer and paint are required.

Q: What Type of Paint Should I Use for Bedroom Furniture?

A: The best type of paint to use for bedroom furniture is a high-quality latex paint. This type of paint will provide durable coverage and can be easily touched up without leaving any visible brush strokes.

Q: Do I Need to Apply Primer Before Painting Bedroom Furniture?

A: Yes, it is important to apply a primer before painting bedroom furniture. A primer helps seal any existing finishes, making the paint job last longer and look better. It also increases adhesion between the furniture and the paint, which results in a smoother finish.

Q: How Many Coats of Paint Should I Use?

A: Generally speaking, you should apply two coats of paint to bedroom furniture. This will provide an even finish and help ensure the longevity of the paint job. If you are using a darker shade of paint, you may need to apply more coats for complete coverage.

Apply Two Coats of Paint to Bedroom Furniture

Q: Is it Necessary to Use Sealant After Painting Bedroom Furniture?

A: Yes, it is important to use a sealant after painting bedroom furniture. A sealant will provide added protection and help make sure that the paint job lasts for years to come. Make sure to read the instructions on the product before applying it for best results.


All in all, painting bedroom furniture is relatively straightforward but time-consuming when done properly. Taking the aforementioned into consideration, you now have a comprehensive guide on how to paint bedroom furniture to help you achieve the desired results with ease and confidence. Don’t hesitate to ask questions if something is unclear; there are plenty of experienced professionals out there who would gladly provide answers.

As with any painting project, patience and precision are key – so take your time and be sure to follow all safety precautions while working. But most importantly, remember that this is your space and it should reflect your unique style! Have fun creating your own personalized furniture piece(s) that will last for years to come.

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Adrian Green

Adrian is a woodworking hobbyist and has loved Woodworking since he was 10 years old. Back then in childhood, his father used to have a furniture shop. He used to help his dad and learned a lot from him about how to fix woodworking furniture, basic carpentry knowledge and also about how to work hard and take care of business. He enjoys woodworking as a hobby. He loves the feeling of creating something with his own hands, and the satisfaction that comes from seeing his finished products used by others.

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