Every so often I’ll get a group of new followers who have a lot of wonderful questions for me. They’ll ask them in emails and comments and direct messages and I always do my best to help them, but I always wish I could give them more, you know?
So I decided to start compiling a little guide of all the furniture painting tips I have for beginners in a series I’m calling #DIYFAQ! While I’m starting with furniture painting questions, eventually this series will expand to other questions, as well, about painting, art, business, creativity, mindset, and more.
But for now, let’s cover all the DIY painted furniture basics!
Furniture Painting FAQs
Should I remove hardware on furniture before I paint it?
The reason I don’t always remove the hardware on my furniture is because a lot of the pieces that I find have cheap looking hardware. Rather than replacing it with nicer, but still generic, hardware, I prefer to add layers of wax metallics and other patinas to the hardware to create a one of a kind finish that you can’t just buy in a store.
Should I paint furniture with the drawers open or closed?
How you choose to paint a piece is always up to you. For me, I like to treat every piece of furniture like a blank canvas. It’s very helpful to leave all the drawers closed and look at my canvas as a whole rather than pulling the drawers out and having a lot of holes and making it choppy. I like my finishes in my blending to be smooth and seamless so leaving the drawers in is very helpful for that look.
What are you spraying on the paint and why?
The bottle you always see in my hand is my Water Girl continuous spray bottle from a Paint Pixie. I learned to use a little bit of water when I started using chalk paint and it really enhanced my finishes and added to the blending in layers. It’s definitely a must-have!
Do I need to sand my furniture before I paint it?
Not if you use DIY Paint! That is the only paint I use on my furniture and one of the number reasons why I use it is because you do not have to sand your furniture. It will stick to practically anything including metal and glass. Now, there are some really old pieces of furniture that have heavy varnish, and I will send those down lightly. I recommend everyone use their discretion and do what is comfortable for them.
Should I switch my paintbrush between colors?
One thing people ask me a lot is why I don’t use a clean paintbrush for each color. I know my elementary art class teachers would yell at me if they saw me “double dipping,” but I have a good reason! I often will use the same brush for multiple paint colors because this allows for an easier transition between colors. It’s almost like the brush does the hard work for you! Adding a little water and additional color and the brush will lay down the blending for you. I do change out my brushes if the color is a big contrast such as bright yellow and then bright blue. But for the most part, using the same brush for multiple colors will encourage the blending and that makes my job easier!
What is your favorite color recipe?
I have so many favorite color combinations that that’s one of the hardest questions for me to answer. Blues will set my heart on fire but when you mix a fuchsia and a periwinkle and a cobalt blue I am over the moon excited!!! Shades of teal and turquoise with a little bit of yellow are also sure to be a showstopper.
Why isn’t my painted furniture blending well?
If you’re new to blending, practice on old pieces that you aren’t trying to flip or sell. Practice with different amounts of water and start with very little paint on your brush. With any form of clay or chalk paint, a little goes a long way. I’ve been blending and painting in this style for years so it just takes practice, like anything else. Be patient with yourself!
Do you have any questions about furniture painting? Let me know!
Be well & Love much,