1. First, remove any knobs and handles and lightly sand the furniture with medium coarse paper – this will help the paint grip. Wipe with a damp cloth and leave to dry.

  2. Paint the bare furniture with a wood or multi-surface primer (use a multi-surface primer if you’re painting over old paint). Leave to dry and then lightly sand with a fine grade paper. Wipe to remove dust.

  3. To prevent brush marks, use a good quality brush (a 3-inch brush will suit most jobs) or a small roller. Use a 1-inch brush for the fiddly bits. You’ll need 2-3 coats to ensure an even coverage.

  4. Once the paint is dry, sand lightly, clean away the dust with a damp cloth and marvel at your handiwork.