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How to Paint Furniture Well: Your Ultimate Guide

How to paint furniture: Would you really like to know? Have you decided you are over an old piece of furniture and need to revamp it?  Have you been eyeballing that kitchen table?


Are you overwhelmed with trying to understand the difference between latex paint, other water based paint, or even oil based paint? Are they all good? Which primer and paint should you grab to paint a piece?  


Here is what I know, all paint is created to stick to your surface.  Which paint you use is up to your style and the techniques you want to use (or DONT want to use!)

How to paint furniture,

Are you ready to learn how to create those looks you love?  Painting furniture doesn’t have to be big hard and scary! The hardest part is knowing what to use and when to use it!  Im going to answer all the questions you don’t even know you have!

How to paint furniture: Learn the basics you need to know!

If you are a beginner you probably want to start with my Basic Furniture Refinishing Guide (Clickable Link) This is a readable, savable, printable, downloadable guide that will tell you step by step all the basics you NEED to know!


You’re probably wondering whats the best way to apply paint. Do you have to use a foam roller to prevent brush strokes? Are brush strokes really ok?? What about veneers and wood filler? The list goes on…

how to paint furniture -Learn how to paint furniture the right way!

How to Paint Furniture and Distress

It’s so tricky sometimes to know where and how to distress furniture with paint. Do you have to use an electric sander or can you use a sanding block?


Distressed furniture is always fun and a look that can stand there test of time since you never REALLY know when that distress got there! Ha! Did it already have that scratch on it? Learn how to approach distressing furniture with paint in this article DIY Furniture Projects: Antique Washstand Makeover

how to paint furniture -Before Antique Washstand makeover

How to Paint Furniture with a Sprayer

One question I get often is how to Spray Paint Furniture. What kind of sprayer should we use to paint a piece of furniture? When spraying we have to keep in mind to use thin coats and lightly sand between coats. Sprayers are not just for latex paint.


My favorite paints to use in sprayers are Dixie Belle Chalk Mineral Paint as well as Benjamin Moore Advance. You can find me using Benjamin Moore Advance in Spraying Your Old Furniture: Its Easier Than You Think!

how to paint furniture -How to Spray Paint furniture

How to Paint Furniture with Chalky Paint

If we dont want to spray paint furniture we want to know how to paint furniture with chalky paint. Chalk Painting has become a house hold term that simply refers to painting with paint that has mineral style additive which helps promote adhesion as well as adds some texture when desired.


Many enjoy blobbing it on while others prefer a thin coat of paint. Some feel like its the go to style of paint because of the fast drying times and claims you will not have to hassle with nasty thick coats of primer.


My go to brand of chalk mineral paints to use when teaching others how to paint are Dixie Belle Paints (Clickable affiliate Link). You can see how I used their paints to create this gorgeous color chest of drawers and learn How to Chalk Paint Furniture with chalk paint in coral paint colors. (Clickable Link)

how to paint furniture -adding transfers

How do I seal painted furniture?

Now I think one of the first things many ask about are wax.  One of the more popular paint brands is Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, and generally the go to method for sealing the paint is to wax it using the Annie Sloan Brand Wax.  BUT there are SO MANY misconceptions about wax!  So, I decided to put this together to help you understand just whether or not you should use it yourself.  Read Wax or Nah where I discuss some of the most widely used options.

how to paint furniture -How to protect your painted furniture and how you may not want to.  Wax may not always be best to seal your chalk paints!

How to Paint Furniture White

The next thing that typically comes up is painting white furniture.  As with the shabby chic and farmhouse movements most often we want to turn that brown wood white! HOWEVER, as we begin painting furniture we find there are SO many things that can tend to arise when painting white furniture like finding BLEED and YELLOWING after your piece is painted, sanded and sealed! Because of that I wrote Painting White Furniture: The Best No Fail Method! (This is a great article on getting a perfect semi gloss finish!)

How to Paint furniture -white and No bleeding! No fuss! The easiest sure no fail method!

How to Paint Furniture WHITE with a Brush!

While I tend to really recommend a sprayer for a flawless white finish, there are so many that aren’t set up for that and really just need to know how they can get a flawless white paint finish with their brush! I get it, so I also went on to write How to Use White Furniture Paint.

How to use White Furniture Paint

How to Paint Furniture with Accents and Shading

Decorative gilding waxes have long been used to take our art to the next level!  But which one do you use?? I have compared a few of the most popular ones for you!

how to paint furniture -Furniture Painting Guide Decorative Gilding Wax

What is blending technique?

While painting furniture can be fun, its more fun when you begin to develop techniques you enjoy using.  Blending paint has become all the rage and provides us so much more creative freedom while painting! We can create depth and dimension like never before with single color applications.  


While I wrote about Blending Paint on Furniture in You’re Blended Paint Inspiration I recorded everything LIVE on Facebook at my page “Thea at That Sweet Tea Life” and uploaded the entire walk through paint blending tutorial in Blending the Moody Blues Video Series.

How to blend paint on furniture | how to create an ombre effect |
How to blend paint on furniture | how to create an ombre effect | Videos to guide you!

How do you make paint look distressed?

Once we get the hang of putting paint on, we begin to wonder how to take it off! How do you antique painted furniture? (Better yet, how do you antique it without just making it look dirty?) Ive begun having a lot of fun with Rustic Glam styles of painting and I cover lots of my favorite techniques in each of these tutorials.

Rustic Glam: How to Paint the Look

how to paint furniture - Rustic paint finish with the perfect gold touches

Rustic Paint Finish: Rustic Glam!

how to paint furniture -layered and blended paint finishes with the perfect gold touches for a truly rustic glam feel!

What is the best gold for painted furniture? 

With rustic glam we explore how to add gold to your paint finish.  There are so many ways to do this but I tell you all about my favorite no fail method for adding gold embellishment (and without making a mess!) The video shows you how easy it is and everything you need to know about it!

how to paint furniture -Gold Leaf | Using liquid Gold Leaf | Video guide!

How to paint the Best colors on Furniture:

Sometimes we just cant paint the perfect color because we are too afraid to commit! Read on about how I was able to achieve the Best Coral Paint Color on this chest of drawers in “A Dresser in the Best Coral Paint Colors”

how to paint furniture -Best Coral Paint Colors

One Comment

  • sharon wilson

    I have some Fushion mineral paint I purchased a while ago and have not used yet. Now I am reading that If I have a piece that has a finish on it that sanding won’t work, I need to purchase Fushion’s gripp it to appy first. Do I have to or could I use something from Dixie Bell instead.? Love reading your stuff and am finally getting up the courage to try some. Have quite a few would be projects.
    Thanks,
    Sharon wilson.

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