Painting Furniture

Written on 5th June 2020

Whether your style is bold and bright or soft and subtle, a freshly painted dresser, chair or table will revive your interiors and introduce a splash of your favourite hues to your home.

We’ve gathered a few of our favourite ways of adding colour to our furniture, plus a step-by-step guide to upcycling with our hardwearing Modern Eggshell finish.


Stand Out

If you’ve got a neutral space that you’d like to liven up, upcycling an old piece of furniture with a bright colour will refresh your room in no time. Using an earthy shade, such as Bancha or Treron, is a great way to bring some of the outdoors in, while brighter shades, like Arsenic, add an injection of colour that’s hard to forget.

Left: Bancha No.298 in Modern Eggshell, Right: Vardo No.288 in Modern Eggshell 

Children's Furniture

Painting furniture is the easiest way to introduce interest in a child’s room. Upcycle an old chest of drawers by painting each drawer in a different colour or bring a stylish twist to their toys. It also allows for more versatility, it’s much easier to update the colours of their furniture against neutral walls than repainting the entire space.

Our robust finishes meet even the most stringent Toy Safety Standards, giving you the freedom, and the peace of mind, to transform everything from doors and floors to furniture and toys.

Blending In

We don’t always want our furniture to stand out, especially when in a smaller room. To stop things feeling cluttered and to create the illusion of more space, paint your cabinets in the same colour as the walls and watch them disappear.

This dark and intimate sitting room features Treron on the walls and a slightly darker Bancha on the dresser. The same applies in this pale kitchen, where Teresa's Green has been used in Modern Emulsion and Modern Eggshell across the walls and cupboards.

Take it outside

Whether your garden is a large landscaped plot, a single window box bursting with blooms, or anything in between, colour is a wonderful way to ensure it feels connected to your indoor space.

For the ultimate cohesive colour scheme, consider our Colour by Nature palette. Its 16 shades, each one drawn directly from the natural world, are now available in long-lasting Exterior Eggshell as well as our Estate and Modern ranges, so your fences, furniture and accessories can pick up right where you left off indoors.

How to paint your wooden furniture

It’s easy to breathe new life into furniture with our hardwearing paint. Here are our step-by-step guides to painting furniture with our toughest interior finish – the mid-sheen, easy-to-clean Modern Eggshell.

For all other surfaces and finishes including Full Gloss and Estate Eggshell, please refer to our Product Advice Sheets.

  • Ensure all surfaces are sound, clean and dry and free from dirt, grease and other contaminants.

  • Lightly sand the surface to improve the paint’s adhesion. For previously painted items remove as much old, flaky paint as possible by scraping and sanding. Ensure a smooth finish by sanding and ‘feathering’ the edges of any non-removable paint. Carefully sand back any varnish or top layers to remove the sheen.

  • Check if the wood has any resinous knots in it, this tends to be an issue for newer wood rather than old furniture. If the knots are resinous, scrape off any excess resin and clean with methylated or white spirit. Allow the area to dry then patch prime the area using Farrow & Ball Wood Knot & Resin Blocking Primer.

  • For bare (unpainted) wood apply a diluted first coat of Farrow & Ball Interior Wood Primer & Undercoat (20% water), followed by 1 full undiluted coat. For previously painted wood you only need to apply 1 full coat of Farrow & Ball Interior Wood Primer & Undercoat. Allow a minimum of 4 hours drying time between coats and before applying your top coat.

  • Apply two coats of Modern Eggshell, allowing the correct drying time (a minimum of 4 hours) between coats. For best results use a quality fine-tipped synthetic bristled paintbrush (e.g. Farrow & Ball 1˝, 1½˝ or 2˝ Paint Brush).

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