Many homeowners look to change the color of their furniture to black to decorate a room or many rooms. Black-furniture offers a sleek and modern look or adds a twist to old fashioned furniture. Getting rid of all of your existing furniture and buying new tables, chairs or beds is way out of the budget for many. Painting your furniture black is an affordable option when you no longer want wood toned furniture in your home. Painting furniture is not as easy as slapping some paint, it is a little more intensive than that, but it is a highly do-able at home project.

Having it with great lines and detail, but in the wrong  color is no reason to write your black furniture dreams off. Finding an amazing bed, nightstand or dining set at a yard sale or flea market at a great price can also be the perfect piece or pieces to paint black. If you have friends or relatives who have extra furniture that could work in your house if it weren’t for the color – take it off their hands anyway. You can change the color and make the furniture work in your design vision.

Preparing for Black Paint – Removing the Finish

Lay a tarp or large drop cloth over your work surface to protect the floor from paint drips, splatters and spills.

Open windows for ventilation and put on gloves and a respirator if recommended by the stripper manufacturer.

Buy paint and varnish stripper from a home improvement store or hardware store.

Dip a wide paintbrush into the paint and varnish stripper.

Apply an even coat of stripper to all exposed surfaces of the furniture.

Let the finish stripper remain on the surface for 20 to 30 minutes. When the stripper is ready for scraping the existing finish will begin to soften and possibly bubble the finish.

Hold a metal scraper at a low angle to the surface of the furniture and scrape the stripper and finish off the surface.

If the furniture has carvings or other recessed details, sharpen the end of a wooden dowel and pick the finish out of the recesses with the pointy end.

Wipe the metal scraper or wooden dowel off frequently onto an old rag.

Some paint and varnish strippers come with a neutralizing agent. If the paint and varnish stripper came with the neutralizing agent, apply a coat over all surfaces that had the stripper on it. If your paint and varnish stripper did not come with a neutralizing agent, mix equal amounts of water and white vinegar in a bucket and submerge a rag into the mixture. Wring the excess water and vinegar out of the rag so the rag is still very wet, just not dripping. Wipe the furniture surface with the neutralizer. Change rags and soak with vinegar when the rag becomes filled with stripper.

Fill a bucket with water and add a squirt of dish washing soap.

Submerge a rag into the soapy water and wash the surface of the furniture.

If the undersides of it to have a finish on them, turn the furniture over and repeat on the other side.

Sanding Before Painting

Wrap a piece of 180-grit sandpaper around a sanding block.

Rub the sandpaper over the wood surface following the direction of the wood grain. Do not move the sandpaper back and forth or across the grain or you will make the wood fuzzy.

Wipe it with a tack cloth to remove all sanding bits and dust.

Wrap a piece of 240-grit sandpaper around the sanding block and sand the surface, following the wood grain.

Wipe it with a tack cloth.

Wrap a piece of 400-grit sandpaper around the sanding block and sand the furniture surface a third and final time, still following the wood grain.

Wipe the surface with a tack cloth.

Choices Black Paint or Black Stain   

 Black Stain

Submerge a foam applicator or a rag into a black stain and polyurethane  mixture.

Apply a coat of stain to the wood surface.

Allow the stain to dry for eight to 10 hours.

 Apply black stain to the underside of the furniture.

Examine the furniture for drips and globs. If you find any lightly sand the surface with 600-grit and wipe with a tack cloth.

Repeat with the opposite side.

Add anywhere from one to four coats of stain, letting each coat dry in between applications. The number of coats will depend on how deep you want the color.

Black Paint

Submerge a foam applicator into primer that has been tinted black.

 Paint a coat of primer onto the furniture.

Let the black primer dry for two to four hours.

Paint a coat of primer onto the opposite side of the furniture.

Apply a coat of black enamel paint to the underside of the furniture.

 Let the paint dry for two to four hours.

Paint the opposite side and let it dry for two to four hours.

 Lightly sand primer drips and globs with 600-grit sandpaper.

 Wipe the surface with a tack cloth to pick up the sanding dust.

Paint a second coat of black paint onto the furniture and let it dry. Flip it over and paint the opposite side, let it dry.

You can add up to six coats of paint, allowing each application to dry thoroughly, until you achieve the color you want.

Painting Tips

Paint even underside and unseen areas to protect the wood from water, moisture and dampness. Unprotected wood may warp or twist.

You do not have to paint as many coats on the unseen areas as you paint on the areas that are visible. You only need one coat of all in one stain and polyurethane or paint to protect the wood.

If possible, strip the finish off furniture, neutralize the stripper and stain or prime and paint the furniture in a well ventilated garage or basement.

Find an area that has very little dust to paint or stain furniture black.