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How to Paint Moroccan Furniture

Updated November 21, 2016

Moroccan decor is a popular choice for both traditional and contemporary home design. The furniture of this style is typically ornate and one-of-a-kind, featuring intricate woodwork and hand-painted patterns. To replicate Moroccan style on your own piece of furniture, it just requires a few basic materials and steps. Even ordinary pieces of furniture can take on a new life with Moroccan-style paint.

Prepare your furniture's surface. Remove any dust or dirt. If you are painting wood furniture, you may need to sand down the wood with coarse-grit sandpaper. Remove any hardware, such as drawer pulls or handles, or tape over them with painter's tape.

Choose colours that are emblematic of Moroccan style. Use water-based paints in warm colours, such as reds, oranges and gold. Use vibrant shades of blue and green to add interest. Brown, white and tan are perfect for contrasting colour combinations or as base coats for the furniture.

Use repeating patterns. Moroccan style is known for its intricate patterns, repeated over a surface symmetrically. Paint damasks, arches and other geometric shapes in varying colour combinations. For painting ideas, try duplicating the scroll work of wrought iron with paint on your furniture.

Stencil patterns onto your Moroccan-inspired furniture. These are available in most arts and crafts or hobby shops. Or you can create your own stencils by printing out pictures of the design you want to create.

Try ageing your furniture to make it look more authentically Moroccan. Moroccan furniture is rarely seen flawless and polished. To add interest and character to your piece, wait for your paint to dry. Lightly sand your furniture's surface with fine-grit sandpaper in various places.

Things You'll Need

  • Coarse-grit sandpaper
  • Screw driver
  • Water-based print
  • Fine-grit sandpaper
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Liza Hollis has been writing for print and online publications since 2003. Her work has appeared on various digital properties, including USAToday.com. Hollis earned a degree in English Literature from the University of Florida.