Inspired: Must-Haves for Painting Furniture

Posted by: on August 12th, 2013 | 2 Comments
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An inspiration board showing five things every DIYer needs for painting furniture



Whether you’re a veteran DIYer or you’re new to the game, painting furniture is one of those projects everyone needs to tackle at some point on another. It can come in handy if you want to give one of your old pieces a new update, or maybe you’re looking to give a thrift store bargain a a fresh look. We’ve painted furniture a time or two, so we rounded up a few of our favorite products to make painting furniture easier.

Our all-time favorite paint brush is the Wooster Shortcut 2inch Sash Brush. It’s short rubber handle makes it so easy to handle, and it’s great for making precise strokes and getting into little nooks and crannies. This is our go-to brush for furniture projects, cutting in, and even smaller craft projects!

Next on our list is a super smooth paint roller. The important thing is looking for a roller cover that is meant for smooth and semi-smooth surfaces, this will give a furniture piece a clean, streak-free finish.

Also helpful for creating the smoothest finish possible is a bottle of Floetrol, or a paint conditioner. Floetrol is ideal for furniture projects because it slows the dry time of a latex paint, which means the streak marks have time to level out before it dries.

A tack cloth is super handy when painting furniture because they pick up more dust and dirt than a regular cloth. Use this after you’ve sanded down your furniture piece to be sure no dusty residue remains!

Finally, and one of the most important tips of all, choose a good primer. Skimping on a good primer is unlikely to pay off in the long run. Instead, pick a heavy duty primer like Zinsser or Kilz to ensure you get better coverage, your paint job won’t start to chip, and any stains or coloring won’t start peaking through your paint finish with age.

Get lots of inspirational ideas and inspiration boards featuring products from and our sister site, Home Decorators Collection – along with irresistible finds from around the web.


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  1. Chuck DeLuca says:

    What is the best top coat paint for cabinets. I used Kilz oil for the base……….Thanks Chuck

    • Craig Allen says:

      You probably want to use any interior latex paint in an egg-shell finish.

      -Craig, from The Home Depot