I bought a beautiful cream wooden furniture set that includes two bedside tables and a sideboard. But I am a renter, and as most places are painted white, it looks out of place. What’s the best way to change it to white? Would it be best to do it myself or get a professional to do it? Thanks


Posted anonymously, 12th March 2014


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  • It can be done. I sanded my sons tallboy right back and painted it in a dark jarrah to match his bed. It takes patience and my first attempt almost saw me in tears on my bottom in the garage. I basically stripped back what I had done with turps, adjusted my technique and tried a little more patience and I got a great result. I put drop sheets down in my garage and did it drawer by drawer, night by night with a few cuppas along the way. I was very proud of myself and saved a lot of money!



  • go for it paint it white



  • Just do one piece at a time and they should be able to help you out with the best products at your local paint store.



  • Better Homes & Gardens’s Tara says that if you sand it then wash it down with sugar soap it can then be recoated



  • As long as you are prepared to put in the hours, no reason you couldn’t do it yourself. A really good sand, and a couple of coats of white should do it. Other wise get the professionals to do it. (get a quote first) as it may be cheaper to put yours in storage and get some new ones.



  • You could sand it all back to just wood … then you can stain with tea. I know this sounds weird but it does work … that would be the cheapest way. If you are not bothered about expense then sand back and repaint.



  • easier to get a furniture restorer to do it for you but cheaper to do it yourself. You could add lamps, books, ornaments to soften the colour.



  • I Would Do What Someone Else, Said Get Coloured Lamps..Ect, You Never Know One Day You Might Get A Place That Matches Your Furniture.



  • if you really want to do it, you would prob have to sand it back first and then paint



  • Be a lot cheaper to do it yourself! Think the comment below great idea with colored placemats n lamps



  • You can offset the the cream and white using colour. Say a bright coloured lamp, material….placemats make great bedside table cloths……however if you do choose to repaint….make sure you sand down the existing paint, then use a base coat before a plying at least 2 coats of the white paint! Have fun sprucing your place up!


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