I bought a beautiful cream wooden furniture set that includes two bedside tables and a sideboard. But I am a renter, and as most places are painted white, it looks out of place. What’s the best way to change it to white? Would it be best to do it myself or get a professional to do it? Thanks


Posted anonymously, 12th March 2014


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  • No need to get a professional. I would however get professional advice from your paint store on how to go about painting the furniture.



  • Why not try it yourself, can’t be that hard…..can it???



  • Hope you found a solution but I would do it myself.



  • I would paint it. It’s not hard, just clean and sand smooth, but make sure you use compatible paint. Take a piece into your local hardware store for advice. Or you could go shabby chick and just sand in places. If you can’t be bothered with the sanding part there is a new chalk paint you can use. Just wash the piece and then paint



  • i would give doing it yourself a try



  • you can try it yourself – worst that can happen is that you might then need to get a professional to do it if it doesn’t work out



  • You could always try and give them the “shabby chic” look by sanding them lightly to give them a roughened finish. Then use some pretty mats on the top of them, so that they brighten up the room.



  • check to see if Bunnings have any free courses – I know that they do a lot of them at our local one.



  • We have successfully painted furniture too. The key is to use the right paint, oil based enamel is too hard and these days water based is just as good. You will need to sand carefully before you paint and lightly between coats. Get some advice at Bunnings or similar.



  • I would do it my self as it’s always fun or like some one else has said just put white table cloths over them or some nice white runners so they would still blend in



  • I would leave it and buy some white table cloths to go over it



  • i hope you found a solution



  • Totally agree with you raewyn1969. An electric sander makes lighter work of the job. Still need the bits of sand paper for drawer knobs etc but the rest would be much easier with an electric sander.



  • there are some good comments here



  • I have sanded and painted or twice stained numerous pieces of furniture and the one big thing I can suggest when doing it yourself is a electric sander or cordless sander. You can pick up a reasonable one new for under $50 or you might be able to pick up a good second hand one cheaper (but they can save you hours of work depending on the size of furniture you are working on).


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