My sister has some old chairs and other items made by Stag Furniture.
The wood is quite dark and she wants to lighten her rooms so is going
to paint them white. I said that once she does she'll never get them
back again if she changes her mind (is that right?).
So views please. Is it a good idea? Should she worry? What is the
best way to go about it?
If they are nicely varnished to a smooth finish then the paint will sit
on top and could at least in principle be stripped off again. Much
harder to get off if the paint pigment goes into the wood grain.
It is a heck of a lot of work (expensive) to undo though.
Practice on a scrap chair bought secondhand first. Getting a good even
paint finish on complex shaped furniture is distinctly non-trivial.
It will be a blotchy mess unless its rubbed down and painted correctly but
if you want your varnish back its a strip down to wood and start again job.
If the furniture cleans up well and its worth money, flog it and get some
that match what you want, unless you want to have the place smelling of
paint for months.
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We had some old dark furniture that had been painted white. Heavy
sideboards and a dressing table, I think. They were ordered out to the
shed years ago and I have a drill and a milling machine bolted on to the
tops of them.
I wouldn't ever try to paint decent varnished furniture white, having
seen the results on these or other things like wardrobes. We took some
chairs to the tip.
All this was left by previous owners in various houses over the years.
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