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So many people can't be bothered to prime their furniture projects, but that is a big mistake! Your primer coat will help to smooth out any lingering imperfections and can flag up areas that need a little bit more prep work before painting. Primer also gives you a more even finish when you apply your top coat paint.

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How to paint furniture

Shabby chic styling has been popular for a while now, but if you haven't tried your hand at some upcycling and painting yet, that's a great thing as you can benefit from our experience, mistakes and top tips! Interior designers have been quick to promote the idea of giving old furniture items a new lease on life with a lick of paint, but if you worry that you won't get that really professional finish, cast those doubts aside, as we have a foolproof furniture panting technique for you to try. Ready to fill your living room with furniture that you've lovingly upcycled? Then let's begin!