One way to refresh the look of an old piece of furniture is to paint it again in a daring color like red. Painting a piece of furniture is a simple task, as long as you know what techniques to use for the particular type of furniture. If the piece is made of wood, plastic or vinyl, you can paint it red without much fuss if you use the right type of paint.
- Prepare a work area by placing newspapers or a plastic tarp over a large area that has a lot of ventilation, such as a garage or patio.
- Prepare wood furniture for painting by sanding with a 200 grit sandpaper. To prepare plastic or vinyl furniture, wipe them with a soft cloth to remove all dust.
- Shake a can of red spray paint that has been formulated specifically for the surface you are painting. Hold the nozzle 6 inches away from the surface and spray in gentle circular motions to apply a uniform coating. Do not apply an excessive amount to get the tone you want; this will only make it drip. Instead, allow the layer to dry completely and then add another layer.
- Let the paint dry. Spray a layer of a clear acrylic sealant on the furniture so that the paint fades and becomes chipped.