- Make any repairs and caulk as needed
- Wash varnished wood with TSP (trisodium phosphate)
- Sand with fine sandpaper
- Clean off dust
- Prime following the manufacturer’s instructions
- Lightly sand primer to remove any brush marks
- Paint over varnished wood with 2 coats of oil or water-based paint
“We’ll also need to know how to prep a room for painting,” Melissa points out.
Repairing and caulking the wood helps your home look better and last longer. The TSP helps get rid of anything that would sit between the paint and wood. This helps the paint bond more tightly and lasts longer.
The sanding gives the paint a better surface to grip. Priming also helps the paint stick better. Most of these steps help the paint last longer and look better doing so.
Wood rot and damaged wood, in general, may slow down the process. Painting over this just lets the damage get worse, which isn’t good for your home or furniture.