10 TIPS FOR PAINTING FURNITURE LIKE A PRO

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HOW TO PAINT FURNITURE LIKE A PRO

Several years ago, I discovered the beauty of painted furniture.  DIYer that I am, I rolled up my sleeves and immediately got to work painting some old cast-off furniture pieces.  Looking at those first pieces now, I can see that I had no idea what I was doing.  They weren’t terrible and they look great from a distance…but up close, not so good

Since then, I have painted lots of furniture pieces both for my home and to sell to others.  In the process I’ve learned how to get really beautiful results that last.  These are my top ten tips for painting furniture that looks beautiful and stands the test of time.

10 TIPS FOR PAINTING FURNITURE LIKE A PRO

1. Before you begin, decide what look you are going for – smooth and flawless?  Worn and distressed?  This decision will lay the foundation for every other decision about your piece.   If you know you want an aged, distressed finish, choose a more matte finish paint – chalk paint, milk paint, or latex paint in flat or eggshell finish.  As you are painting, you won’t need to worry so much about leaving brush strokes or getting a perfectly even finish.  If you are going for a smooth flawless finish, you may want to choose a paint with a glossier finish and be much more careful about keeping your brushstrokes smooth and even.

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