DIY Furniture Painting Tips and My Favorite Paint

I have been painting furniture pieces for quite some time.
It started almost 8 years ago with a coffee table that I purchased from a yard sale for a mere $10.00.
The coffee table was scratched up and needed some reviving which I was more than glad to do.
I turned a $90.00 profit when I sold it and I have loved the process of flipping furniture ever since.
I have made quite a few mistakes along the way and so today I am going to share a few of my favorite tips and my new favorite paint!

Always prep your furniture.
You can’t just start painting and expect your piece to last.
Remove all the hardware and give the furniture piece a really good scrub down.
Soap and water works well.

If your not using chalk paint or furniture paint then I suggest you do this step.
Before chalk paint was around I made the huge mistake of not sanding my furniture first.
Guess what?
It soon began to chip and peel.
I don’t like having to redo my work so that was a frustration.
If you sand your piece down then make sure that you have a smooth surface.
You will then need to make sure that all dust is removed before painting.

I used to use latex paint in a semi gloss finish.
Flat paint is a really bad idea in my opinion.
It shows every finger print, every mark and is very hard to clean.
There are several options of applying the paint that I use.
Normally I just use a brush to get into all the crevices.
A roller works best for dresser drawers and the tops of bigger furniture pieces.

Once your finished painting you will need to protect your furniture piece.
I know there are many reviews on all sorts of was finishes but in the past I have been happy with Minwax Finishing Wax.
I would apply with a cloth, let dry for 15 minutes and then buff with a clean dry cloth.
The finish always lasted and I never had any issues.
Once the wax or protective finish is on then you can reattach the hardware.

I recently discovered Valspar Furniture Paint.
I have been making over our kitchen table and chairs which is when I first found this product.
I purchased mine at Lowes and was thrilled to find that I could tint my furniture paint to any color.
So why do I love this paint?

This paint goes on so easily which is one of the reasons I love it.
It does have a bit of a smell but I would always recommend that you paint furniture outside or have a space where you can allow good ventilation.
I use no wax or protective coat with this paint. However, it is advised that you allow the paint to cure for three days so that it can harden to the finish that it needs to.
I have found that you can easily wipe off the surface that this paint has been applied to.
I used it on my kitchen chairs and with 6 people in our family this paint is not chipping or peeling.

Here are a few of my current painted pieces of furniture.

Our bed was the traditional cherry sleigh bed color and just didn’t match with the rest of the wood tones in our home.
It was painted in Valspar Frappe (6003-1B)

Our master bedroom night stands were the most recent furniture painting project that I have done.
My husband and I found them at a local vintage store and they are just the perfect size for the bedroom.
The nightstands are painted in September Fog (6003-1A) which I had mixed at 50%.

Thanks for stopping by! If you have any questions please leave me a comment or send me a message!

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10 thoughts on “DIY Furniture Painting Tips and My Favorite Paint”

  1. Girl, you just changed my life! I have seen so many pieces I have wanted to paint but always got stuck when it came to picking out paint. There were so many options thatit just became so ooverwhelming I would just put it off. Thanks to your recommendation I’m ready for some projects! Thank you!

  2. I’m so bummed… although we carry Valspar, we can’t get the Furniture paint… Your furniture turned out beautifully! I’m dying to paint my bathroom vanity.


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