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What Paint to Use for Furniture

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:

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.

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Painting Furniture eBook

 

I had the honor of speaking at the Indianapolis Home Show earlier this year.  While preparing for my presentations, I did a ton of research on painting furniture using five different types of paint.  I compiled all the information and created DIY tutorials for painting furniture using five different types of paint in an eBook called Painting Furniture.

Painting Furniture Ebook Release

With this eBook, gain the confidence and knowledge needed to paint furniture with easy-to-follow paint tutorials.  In the book, five different types of paint are discussed:

  • Chalk-Type Paint
  • Milk Paint
  • Spray Paint
  • Latex Paint
  • Oil-Based Paint

Learn the pros and cons of each type of paint with over 20 pages filled with photos and information.  The eBook prints to regular 8.5 x 11 sheets of paper if a hard copy is preferred!

Painting Furniture retails for $4.99, but you can get a FREE copy by signing up for my newsletter.

 Painting Furniture eBook 4.99  

Here’s a sneak peek into the Milk Paint chapter:

Painting Furniture Sample Page

I love giving furniture a second chance and new life through paint, and I hope you find as much joy in painting and creating as I do!

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Painting Furniture with Latex Paint

Painting Furniture with Latex Paint 

Painting Furniture with Latex Paint

Latex paint (also known as water-based or acrylic paint) is great because it is inexpensive and easy to clean up since it’s water-based. Before you begin, make sure to not paint latex paint over oil-based paint.  It will not adhere well.  An easy way to check if the paint is latex is by dipping a cotton ball in nail polish remover.  If the paint comes off, it’s latex! Step One: Sanding Sanding is a great way to remove some of the piece’s current finish while creating a surface the paint can adhere to.  

Step Two: Clean Give your piece a good cleaning.  If you sanded the piece first, use a damp rag to remove dust.  If you didn’t sand, wash down the piece and use a cleaner like TSP.  

Step Three: Prime Priming takes time, but it will be well worth the time to have paint that doesn’t chip or peel.  

Step Four: Paint How the paint is applied will determine the look of the paint.  Use a foam roller for a smoother look.

Latex Paint on Furniture

Step Five: Seal Seal latex paint with a polycrylic protective finish.  It’s water-based (like latex), and it does not yellow over time.

Latex Paint Tutorial   You can also see the more basic tutorials in my Painting Furniture Tutorial Series by clicking HERE.   Still want more tutorials and information on painting furniture with chalk-type paint, milk paint, spray paint, latex paint, and oil-based paint?  Then you need to check out my eBook, Painting Furniture.

Painting Furniture eBook 4.99 It is only $4.99 for the instant download and full of photos and tutorials.  Here’s a sample page from the Milk Paint chapter:

Painting Furniture Sample Page Click HERE to purchase!  

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Painting Furniture with Oil-Based Paint

Check out this post if you want to learn about painting furniture with oil-based paint.

Painting Furniture with Oil-Based Paint

Today we are continuing our Painting Furniture Tutorial Series with oil-based paint! Oil-based paint is very durable because of its hard shell.  Its beautiful glossy finish adheres well to most surfaces. Oil-based paint is hard to clean up since it is not water-based, and because of this I usually find myself opting for other paint types.  However, it does provide a beautiful and very strong finish.

Anthropologie knock off

Step One: Sand

Sanding before painting is always a good idea.

Step Two: Clean

Give the piece a good cleaning.  If it was sanded first, use a damp rag to remove the dust.  If the piece was not sanded, you can clean using a cleaner like Simple Green.

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Step Three: Prime

I would always suggest priming, especially if the piece was not sanded.  It will be well worth your time and energy to have a piece that doesn’t chip or peel.  Remember to use an oil-based primer.  Keep in mind that oil-based paint will take a while to dry.  I would estimate 24 hours for a coat to dry.

Step Four: Paint

How the paint is applied will determine the look of the paint.  Use a foam roller for a smooth look and a brush for a more rustic look.

Adding Gray copy

Step Five: Seal

Seal oil-based paint with an oil-based finish.

Latex Paint Tutorial

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Painting Furniture with Chalk Paint

Today I’m talking all about painting furniture with chalk paint.

Painting Furniture with Chalk-Type Paint

If you take a look around my blog, you’ll quickly realize I am a huge fan of any type of chalk-type paint (or miracle paint as I lovingly call it).

Painting with Amy Howard One Step Paint

Chalk-type paint eliminates the prep work and doesn’t require stripping, sanding, or priming!  It adheres to almost any surface, dries quickly, and cleans up easily with soap and water.  It’s pretty close to the perfect paint.

Distressed Yellow Chalk Paint

If you’re new to painting furniture, go ahead and try chalk-type paint!  I think it will help you gain confidence, and let you then branch out to other paint types – although you may not want to after you see how easy it is to use!

Gray Chalk Paint Distressed and Dark Wax

To begin, I usually just wipe down a piece to remove any dust or dirt.  I personally have never used a primer with chalk-type paint, but I would suggest it if the piece has a really glossy finish.

Step 1:  Paint

Paint the entire piece with paint.  I usually use a brush (but a small roller could come in hand for some pieces such as cabinets).  You’ll find that a little paint goes a long way, and I almost always use two coats of paint.  Chalk-type paint dries really fast, but make sure the first coat is dry before applying the second.

Chalk Paint Tutorial

Step 2:  Wax (Clear)

After the paint is completely dry, apply two coats of wax on the piece using a wax brush.  I don’t wait for the first coat of wax to dry before I apply the second coat.  A tip when waxing, less is more! You are not limited to using wax, but wax does work well with chalk-type paint.  However, I would recommend a water-based polycrylic for cabinets, table and desktops, floors, and outdoor furniture.

Adding Clear Wax to Chalk Paint

Step 3: Wax (Dark)

This step is optional.  Dark wax is good if you want to bring out details and/or like the aged look.  You must apply clear wax BEFORE you apply dark wax.  Go easy on the dark wax.  You won’t need much!  Apply the dark wax with a brush over somewhat dry clear wax.  Remove excess wax with a lint-free cloth.

Adding Dark Wax to Chalk Paint

Step 4: Buff Buff the wax using a lint-free cloth.  It’s pretty easy to see where you missed the wax, so you can easily touch those places up with a brush or rubbing the wax in with your cloth.  Buffing helps smooth out and remove extra wax.

Buffing Chalk Paint Wax

Step 5: Sand  I recommend sanding after you apply the wax because of the chalk nature of chalk-type paint.  It will make a mess if you sand before waxing and then you risk waxing in the chalk paint particles.  I usually sand the edges and places where normal wear and tear would occur.

Sanding Chalk Paint

And that’s it!  This is by far my favorite paint to use on furniture. You can also see the more basic tutorials in my Painting Furniture Tutorial Series by clicking HERE. Still want more tutorials and information on painting furniture with chalk-type paint, milk paint, spray paint, latex paint, and oil-based paint?  Then you need to check out my eBook, Painting Furniture.  Receive your FREE copy by signing up for my newsletter.

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