Children’s bedroom furniture gets a lot of use. Little tables and chair set, beds, dressers, shelves, and even toy boxes can be refinished if they are made from real wood. This idea also works for doors, trim, etc. It’s a great way to add a splash of purple to your child’s room without painting the entire room purple.
Pieces of furniture that are movable should be taken outside to be refinished. Bring them out to your workshop or garage so a mess is not made in your home. If the thing you are refinishing is not moveable put plastic on the floor beneath it to catch the mess. Use painters tape and newspaper or plastic to cover surrounding walls, furniture, etc. Use the painters tape to cover any brackets or knobs as well.
Use an electric handheld sander and rough grit sandpaper to sand with. Rough grit sand paper is abrasive enough to remove all of the old finish. For hard to reach or hard to get to areas sand by hand using a single sheet of sandpaper. Once you have completely removed all of the old finish and are down to bare wood switch to fine grit and sand again. Fine grit sand paper gives the wood a smooth surface for the new finish to adhere to.
When you are done sanding use a shop vac to clean up the mess. Use a dry cloth to wipe the wood clean. The wood must be free from dust or the remaining dust will get trapped under the new finish. This will cause bumps and blemishes.
Choose a shade of purple latex paint. Pour some into a large clean paint tray. Use a roller for larger pieces of furniture. Use a paint brush for smaller pieces and for spots you can’t get with the roller. Let the first coat of paint dry for half an hour then apply a second coat. Allow the second coat to dry for another half an hour then apply a third. The third coat ensures you color will be full and even. Let the final coat dry overnight.
Once your final coat of purple paint is fully dry it’s time to apply a protective clear coat. Polyurethane is a clear top coat that will protect the painted surface. The surface will be washable and useable. Poly can take a lot of wear and tear. You won’t have to worry about your kids being too rough on the new finish. Slowly pour some polyurethane into a clean paint tray. Apply the poly using a large foam paint brush. Apply four coats, waiting 25 minutes between each.
When you finish the last coat of poly you will want top let it dry over night like you did the paint. After it has had time to dry remove all painters tape and newspaper or plastic. Bring the item back inside and position it. Wipe the newly finished surface down with a damp cloth. Your newly finished piece of children’s bedroom furniture is ready for use.