Can You Paint Furniture Without Sanding?

If you’re considering painting furniture but are dreading the sanding process, you’ll be happy to know that you can actually paint furniture without sanding it first! Just follow these simple steps and you’ll be able to achieve a beautiful, smooth finish without all the hassle.

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Here’s the thing about furniture painting- it can be incredibly satisfying, but also really frustrating. There are so many different “rules” that you’re supposed to follow, and if you don’t follow them your furniture will end up looking terrible. One of the most common rules that people seem to get hung up on is sanding. You’re supposed to sand every inch of your furniture before you start painting, right? Well, what if we told you that you could actually paint furniture without sanding?

That’s right! You can paint furniture without sanding, and it can actually save you a lot of time and effort. Keep reading to learn how to paint furniture without sanding!

What is Furniture Painting?

Furniture painting is the process of painting furniture to give it a new color or finish. It can be done to protect the furniture from damage, to cover up existing damage, or to change the color or finish of the piece. Furniture painting can be done on all types of furniture, including wood, metal, and upholstered pieces.

The Benefits of Furniture Painting

Whether you’re looking to add a fresh pop of color to your home décor or simply want to give an old piece of furniture new life, painting furniture is a great way to do it yourself. But if the thought of having to sand down your furniture before painting makes you cringe, you’re not alone. The good news is that there are ways to paint furniture without sanding it first.

The benefits of painting furniture without sanding it first are:
-No need for sandpaper or electric sander
-No dust created from sanding
-You can avoid damaging the wood grain
-Ideal for painted finishes, like distressed or chalk paint
-Faster and easier than traditional methods

Furniture Painting Techniques

If the furniture piece is small or if you are planning to paint your entire home, sanding may not be necessary. You can use a paintbrush or a roller to apply the paint, but you will still need to use a primer before painting. For larger pieces of furniture, sanding is still the best way to prepare the surface for painting. You can use a hand sander or a power sander to remove the old finish and prepare the surface for painting.

How to Paint Furniture Without Sanding

You don’t have to sand your furniture before painting it. If the furniture is already painted and you want to repaint it a different color, you don’t necessarily have to sand it first, but you will need to use a primer. If the furniture is varnished or has a glossy finish, you will need to sand it before painting.

Tips for a Successful Furniture Painting Project

One of the most common questions we get here at Paint Therapy is whether or not sanding is necessary before beginning a furniture painting project. The quick answer is no, you do not need to sand your piece before painting it. However, we always recommend lightly sanding (120 grit) your furniture before painting it to help create a smooth surface for the paint to adhere to and to help remove any dirt, grease or grime that may be on the piece.

If you choose not to sand your piece, we recommend that you use a primer prior to painting. A good quality primer will help the paint adhere to the surface better and will also help create a smooth finish.

Below are some tips for a successful furniture painting project:

-Make sure the piece is clean and free of dirt, grease and grime before beginning. If necessary, lightly sand the piece (120 grit) to create a smooth surface for the paint to adhere to.
-If you choose not to sand your piece, we recommend using a primer prior to painting. A good quality primer will help the paint adhere to the surface better and will also help create a smooth finish.
-When selecting your paint, make sure you choose a paint that is suitable for use on furniture. We recommend using an acrylic latex paint or a chalk type paint.
-For best results, apply two coats of paint, allowing each coat to dry completely before applying the next.
-Once your final coat of paint is dry, seal it with a clear sealer such as polyurethane or wax.”


If you want to paint furniture without sanding, you can! But, you do need to follow a few steps to ensure that your paint job lasts for years. With the right preparation and primer, you can achieve a beautiful finish that will last.