Wood furniture can be transformed with a variety of paint techniques. From adding decorative patterns to metallic paints, an old piece of furniture can appear brand new. Paint can be added using a brush, rolled on or sprayed. Elements such as florals and other decorative designs add personality and uniqueness to each piece. Here are five ideas for painting wood furniture.

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Distressing Technique

Paint can be added in multiple layers to give a distressed look. Add a base coat of paint. Once dry, add a second coat of paint in a contrasting color. Using sand paper or a steel pad, lightly scrape and sand the first layer of paint off on edges of furniture. The base color is revealed. A coat of clear polyurethane is optional, but will add extra protection.

Decorative Floral Patterns

Decorative floral patterns can be added using a variety of paint tools. Stencils, stamps and freehand brush work add a custom feel to furniture. The furniture should have an existing base coat. Paint can generally be added directly over the top of this. A clear coat of polyurethane will seal the decorative pattern in place.

Crackle Paint

Crackle paint adds textures and an aged look to wood furniture. A base coat of paint is applied first. Once dry, a crackle medium is applied. Once the surface is tacky, the second coat of paint is applied using rollers, brushes or sponges. The crackle effect begins immediately on the final layer of paint. Once the surface has crackled and is dry, commonly 24 hours, add a clear polyurethane top coat for additional protection.

Multitone Effect

Drawers, base cabinets and other elements of furniture can be painted different colors. A variety of different patterns and designs can be added using stencils and stamps. Knobs and hardware can also be painted to match.

Metallic Effects

Metallic paint can be added for a contemporary look. The painted furniture will have a reflective shimmering surface when completed. Depending on the type of metallic paint purchased the sheen level can be satin or glossy. Metallic paint can be sprayed on or rolled on. It is recommended to apply a dark base coat of black or brown before the metallic paint. Several coats of paint are required.