You want to take the time to prepare your workspace and furniture, so you only need to do this process once and not re-clean the piece of furniture and start over a day or two later. Shutterstock.

Prep Your Furniture

Once you’ve found your ideal workspace, it’s time to set it up so you can start prepping and cleaning your furniture piece. Start by taking a before picture so you can show off what it looked like before the transformation. You will also need to remove any elements that can be taken off the piece, such as shelves, hardware, and drawers. Remove any stickers or residue that is in the future – goo gone is excellent for this step! You then want to take some sandpaper and run your hand across all sides and corners of the piece. Use the sandpaper to smooth out any rough edges. 

From there, you will want to clean your furniture piece. It might look clean, but most of the time, it’s not clean enough for painting. There is oily residue, dirt, and grime hidden from the eye, so it’s important to clean it even if you don’t think it needs it. All you need is a little warm water and Dawn dish soap. You will then need to tape off any areas with the painter’s tape, such as drawer edges. You can also use this to mark the drawers so you know where they go once you can put your furniture back together.