Painting furniture is a great way to inexpensively update pieces, and I thought it would be helpful to share What Paint to Use for Furniture – especially because there are so many options!
What Paint to Use for Furniture:
Latex Paint & Paint Sprayer
This technique gives a more factory, smooth finish. It requires an investment in a paint sprayer, but there are lots of great inexpensive options out there. Clean up is a pain, and you still need prime, but the results are worth the extra time. Go HERE to read more!
Chalk Paint & Wax | Faux Wood Technique
It is amazing what you can do with chalk paint and wax. Go HERE to see how I create the look of faux wood. This technique is SO easy, and I share more chalk paint tutorials later in this post.
Spray Lacquer and Gold Paint
This route is expensive (you will go through a bunch of cans of paint), but the result is gorgeous and so smooth. I love this transformation, and you can see more HERE.
Want to know more about painting furniture with spray paint in general? Go HERE to learn more!
Latex Paint | Dry Brush Technique
This technique is SO easy, and you can see the full tutorial (including a video) HERE. It really is one of the easiest painting techniques and perfect for those who like the more rustic look.
Chalk Paint & Wax | Painting Fabric
This technique takes a lot of paint, time and money (because fabric really soaks it up), but you can paint fabric with chalk paint! You can see more HERE.
Latex Paint & Brush
Latex paint is inexpensive, and I guarantee you have at least a few cans sitting at your house. I used a high gloss enamel on this IKEA stool, and the result was so fun! See more HERE.
Chalk Paint and Wax
I know chalk paint has died down, but it still a good option for many pieces. The ease of it is what is so appealing (no sanding or priming), and almost every hardware store now sells chalk paint.
I have lots of tutorials on using chalk paint, and you can see my original tutorial HERE.
I also share tutorials for the following:
- Chalk Paint in a Sprayer
- Painting Cabinets with Chalk Paint
- Applying Wax to Chalk Paint
- Prep Work for Chalk Paint
- Chalk Paint Tips
Oil-Based Paint & Brush
This method really adheres to the piece and holds up well, but it is SO messy and hard to clean up. See more HERE.
Milk Paint & Wax
Yes, I painted my piano twice. This is the first attempt, and I share all about my milk paint experience HERE. Milk paint is a paint you typically have to mix on your own, and it is very thin. It is a fun paint to try, but it may not be the best solution if this is your first attempt at painting a piece.
Chalk Paint & Gold Gild
Playing around with chalk paint and metallics was so fun. This technique is is a little more difficult, but the results are stunning. See more HERE.