Furniture Painting Tutorial

by Chris on March 3, 2010

**Please see the updated post on how to paint furniture. The paint I mention is no longer available, and you can find the replacement for that here.

The #1 e-mail inquiry I get is from people wanting to know the specifics about how I paint furniture.  I tend to giggle at this because I certainly don’t consider myself an expert.  I’ve been lucky that (knock on wood) I haven’t had any disasters yet.  If that makes me “in the know”, then so be it.

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#1.  Clean it!

I make sure that I use a cleaner to get all the grit and grime off any piece of furniture that I paint.  TSP works best for me, and it can be found at Lowes, Home Depot, etc.  You’ll be amazed at how much sickness you’ll get off the furniture by using this.

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#2.  Prime it!

A lot of people ask me about primer, but I don’t have a set kind that I use.  AND I don’t necessarily use a primer on everything (see below).  The primer below is what I use if I don’t want to do a lot of sanding.  Speak with your paint guy.  What?  You don’t have a paint guy?  Get one!

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#3.  Choose great paint!

My love.  My passion.  My life’s desire.  Benjamin Moore Metal and Wood paint.  BM doesn’t pay me for this promotion, but they should.  You hearin’ me, Ben?  It’s that good.  Beautiful coverage, smooth finish, and gorgeous look.  I’m sure everyone has “their paint choice”, and this is most definitely mine. Edit: This paint is no longer available. Click here to see what Benjamin Moore has replaced it with. 

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#4.  TOOLS!

A lot of people wonder about the paint brush.  I ONLY use a roller on furniture.  I use little foam brushes to get into crevices and trim work, but I NEVER use a brush on the flat pieces.  I truly believe this is the difference between a piece looking nice or spectacular.  Ideally, I would have a paint gun, but I don’t.  Instead, I have a $2.o0 foam roller from Wal Mart.

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I might continue to get some questions about when to sand, how much to sand, or words that rhyme with sand.  However, I don’t have a definitive answer for you.  I generally sand enough to rough up the surface.

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I sanded the heck out of these barstools, and it was completely unnecessary.  Lesson learned.

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And finally, I don’t seal my pieces with anything.  I pay a little more for my paint than other brands, and that’s one of the many reasons why.  It doesn’t need to be sealed after painting it.  Perhaps that’s wrong, but keep in mind I’m not the expert here.  I just play one on this blog.

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