Painting furniture three ways!

Today, you’ll learn how to paint furniture using three different types of paint: acrylic, spray and oil-based.

Acrylic paint is great for painting on wood because it is inexpensive and easy to clean up since it is water-based.


Start by sanding the furniture to remove the current finish and create a fresh surface that paint can adhere to. Give your piece a good cleaning with a damp rag to remove dust. Priming is the next and necessary step and well worth the time to have paint that doesn’t chip or peel. Use a foam roller to apply paint for a smoother look. Seal the paint with a polycrylic protective finish to withstand time and wear and tear.

Spray paint is a quick and easy way to get the job done.  It offers coverage without brush strokes and is so easy to clean up.  Also, since spray paint is typically oil-based, it adheres well to most surfaces.  It dries fast and is durable. Only down sides are that spray paints are expensive and need warmer temperatures to work correctly.


Choose a well ventilated area. Try using your garage with the garage door open. Use an old, large cloth to cover and protect the floor.  Wear a mask. To prep, shake your can for several minutes. Aim the can away from the item you’re painting, push down on the nozzle and start spraying.  The first spray out of the can will splatter.  Move the paint stream to your item, keeping it about 8 inches away.  Move back and forth in smooth rapid motion painting light coats.  It’s easy to overspray, so work fast. Continue painting coats after the previous one has dried so give breaks between coats.

Do this until you have complete coverage.

You can add a top coat if you want a sheen. This also adds a layer of durability but generally spray paint holds up well on its own.

Oil-based paint is very durable because of its hard shell.  Its beautiful glossy finish adheres well to most surfaces.


The only down side is that oil-based paint is hard to clean up since it is not water-based. However, it does provide a beautiful and very strong finish.

Sanding before painting is always a good idea. Clean your furniture with a damp rag after you have finished sanding. The next logical step is to prime the furniture. This takes long but is well worth your time and energy to have a piece that doesn’t chip or peel.

You can use a water based or oil based primer.  Keep in mind that oil-based paint will take a while to dry.  Use a foam roller for a smooth look and a brush for a more rustic look. Seal oil-based paint with an oil-based finish.

Walk in to our store for paints to give your furniture a makeover. See more tips on our other blogs.

Happy Painting!


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Faux staining wood with paint

Staining wood requires sanding which is an arduous task especially if you are sanding a large piece of furniture. It takes a lot of time and effort and produces tons of dust. Also, staining is a messy affair. Stains are runny and hard to control.  You will need gloves for the job as they are applied with a rag. Sadly, after all the right prep, you can still end up with patchy looking furniture. You may need to apply several coats to get the desired shade.

The good news is that you can get the beautiful stained look easily with paint.


Follow these easy steps to faux staining with paint

Most wood that has been stained has two main tones (darkest and lightest) with varying in between tones.

The trick is to first pick out the tone you want to achieve and then choose paints that match the lightest shade and the darkest shade of the stained wood.

Paint the piece of furniture completely with the light shade.

Then, using a standard 75 mm brush barely dip the tip of the brush into the dark paint.  Even though there should hardly be any paint on the brush still wipe it against the top of the can making sure there is no excess paint on the brush.

Pull the brush in a quick, long stroke in the direction of the wood grain.

Cover your furniture piece with quick, light strokes of the dark paint to your desired result. Make sure that in some areas there is only the light colour.

This variation of tone is normal in stained wood and is what gives it dimension and beauty so make sure to recreate this effect by leaving some areas of your furniture with just the light colour.

You could practice on a scrap piece of wood if you do not feel confident.  Just remember if you make any mistakes then you can just paint over it with the dark colour.

Once you’ve got it to your desired result then finish it off with a protective coat.

Happy Painting!