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2. SAND!

Once your item of furniture is clean and has dried, you need to give it a thorough sanding. We mean that you'll need to work your way through a number of grits (the roughness of your sandpaper), to get a really smooth and fresh surface to work with. Always go from small to large grits, as this will gradually smooth your surface more.

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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!