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Favorite Furniture Painting Products and Tools

Over the years I have been asked a lot of questions about painting furniture. Many of those questions are centered around what my favorite paint brands or products are for painting furnitureWhat paint brands do you recommend? What brand of primer should I use? What would you recommend I use to seal and protect my furniture after I've painted them? What kind of paint brushes do you use? 

For those of you that are learning how to paint, you've asked some great questions! I've put together a comprehensive category list containing my top 10 favorite kinds of products and tools that I like to use to prep furniturepaint furniture and protect furniture and I'm excited to share it with you! (Mostly because now that it's written down I can just direct those curious folks to this link! ;) I'm teasing... Keep those questions coming, I love it!


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Top 10 Favorite Products and Tools for Painting Furniture


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1. Favorite Paint Brands To Paint Furniture

I love talking about paint and color choices-maybe even more than eating dessert! I'm excited to share with you some of my most favorite brands of chalk style paint that I like to use when I'm painting furniture. Unless noted, all of the paint brands that I have listed are ones that I have personally used and love! Color palette, durability, coverage and usability are all taken into account when I review and try different paint lines. In my opinion, this is some of the best furniture paint out there!


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I've never personally used Miss Mustard Seed's products, but I've heard nothing but raving reviews about them! 




2. Top Favorite Brands for Wax and Top Coats 



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For low traffic furniture pieces such as buffets, hutches, mirrors, etc... I like to use wax. I love the low sheen and buttery smooth finish that it gives. Here are a few of my favorite furniture waxes:




For high traffic furniture pieces such as nightstands, table tops, coffee tables, etc., I like to use the following sealing products:



I haven't used Polyvine Wax Finish Varnish in Dead Flat or Polyvine Hard Wearing Varnish. It's on my bucket list to try for 2017 because all of my furniture refinishing friends say it's amazingly durable!



3. Best Paint Brushes To Paint Furniture

I have a few favorite paint brushes that I like to paint furniture with. All of which have different purposes (solid coverage, shading, distressing, etc.).  In no particular order, the following paint brushes are my go to brushes!

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4. Best Paint Sprayers/ Paint Guns For Painting Furniture

I invested in a Titan Capspray HVLP which I LOVE! But, it was definitely an investment. If you want to try your hand at spraying furniture, I've also used the HomeRight Finish Max Pro Sprayer. It's the perfect paint sprayer for beginners because it's so easy to use! I have some very talented friends who paint furniture that I trust. They use these and have recommend them to me! 

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5. My Go To Products To Repair Furniture!

Filling gauges and hardware holes is an almost daily occurrence when you're refinishing furniture. Some are large repairs and some are minor fills. The following products are my absolute must haves when I need to fill wood and repair furniture!


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For major repairs, I like to use:

  • Bondo! I reach for this magic in a can for all of my major repairs.
  • DryDex Spackling- Inexpensive and works great!



For minor repairs, these products get the job done in a pinch!






6. Best Products To Prevent Stains & Bleed Through

Mahogany stained furniture will almost always bleed through tannin, a pinkish discoloration that seeps up through your paint no matter how many coats of paint you try to apply. What can you do to block and stop the bleed through? Here are my favorite products to prevent water marks, stains and tannin!

First things first. Don't waste anymore of your paint. You will need to block the stain before you can fix the problem.

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My favorite remedy for bleed through/stains is shellac or shellac based primer.






7. Favorite DIY Tools To Repair Furniture

Below are some of the most common tools that I use to repair and fix furniture. Like my HPLV spray paint gun, these DIY tools are also an investment. I'm listing these as my favorite tools for refinishing furniture because these get used almost every week!

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8. Must Have Painting Supplies

When you are sanding or painting furniture you should always wear a respirator mask to protect your lungs from chemical fumes and particles.

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  • Bosch Orbit Sander Replacement Discs in medium and light grit.
  • Drop Cloths- I like to use inexpensive shower curtains from the Dollar Store. ;)
  • Floetrol- You can add a little bit Floetrol into your paint to dramatically reduce brushstrokes.
  • Gorilla Wood Glue
  • Clear Plastic Wrap- I wrap my paint brushes in this so they don't dry out.



9. Furniture Dolly

Absolute Life Saver! My sweet husband made me a dolly out of wood but these would get the job done!



10. Favorite Wood Stains

I like several brands and colors so I'll share some of my favorite go to stains that I like to use on my furniture projects.
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There are a lot of amazing DIY paint and furniture products on the market. Over the years of painting furniture these are the painting products and supplies that continue to use on a regular basis. I hope I've introduced you to something new! If you have a question or a product not listed that YOU love, please leave me a comment below I'd love to hear some of your favorites! Learn more with Thirty Eight Street's furniture tutorials. Happy painting....

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Natural Furniture Distressing Technique

Here we go 2017! I love a good furniture makeover. It's one of my favorite things. Today, I'm kicking off the first of the year with this classy rustic black painted nightstand makeover that was painted and distressed without using ANY sandpaper. This natural furniture distressing technique is one of my FAVORITE go to methods to give a piece a naturally aged and worn look! This technique doesn't leave messy sand paper residue, it doesn't require wax or vaseline or wire brushes. It's an easy and quick distressing technique that leaves furniture looking naturally distressed each and every time!

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Grey Painted Nightstands

Paint those garage sale furniture finds and turn them into gorgeous pieces of furniture for less! It is possible to decorate your home with beautiful pieces and not spend a fortune doing it. Today, I'm excited to share these newly refinished painted grey nightstands with you. It's an amazing example of the power of paint!


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DIY Painted Furniture Makeovers

We can't wait to share this next furniture makeover with you! If you've followed us for any length of time you know that we are big proponents of altering furniture when it makes sense. We're firm believers that just because a piece for furniture starts out as something doesn't mean it has to stay in its original state. If it's not functional, if it looks outdated or doesn't fit your decor, ALTER it! You can easily update your furniture by painting it, adding legs, taking off doors, adding design elements or simply just re-thinking it's purpose. Today, we're going to share some examples of DIY painted furniture refinished with all of these in mind!

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Matching Christmas Pajamas for the Entire Family



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Aren't Christmas traditions wonderful!? We have a few of them and one of my favorites is to buy matching christmas pajamas for my kids and watch them open them up on Christmas Eve. Once they unwrap them and put them on, I ask them to sit next to each other around the Christmas tree for a quick 2 minute photo shoot. We take some nice ones and add in LOTS of silly ones. These holiday photos are framed and turned into ornaments for our Christmas tree. Over the years it has been so fun to see how they've grown from one holiday season to the next. My oldest is now a pre-teen so finding comfy pajamas that match at a regular retail store is getting to be tricky.

Interior Decorating Tips For Your Home

Over the years, I have received numerous questions about paint color choices and refinishing furniture. Those conversations usually snowball into questions about seeking advice on how to decorate space. That makes me sweat! Friends, I am so glad to hear that their are others out there that have a hard time visualizing their space and struggle to combine home decor pieces together! The struggle is real... and I am in THAT club with you!


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14 Fall Inspired Furniture Makeovers

In my obsession to find my next paint color for an upcoming furniture project, I thought I would do a little homework and gather some pretty Fall Inspired Furniture Makeovers to inspire some thrifty DIY. We scoured the best and brightest refinished pieces in Autumn earthy inspired colors for this round up.
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Furniture Makeovers with Velvet Finishes


Today, I'm excited to announce our sponsor for the November 2016 Fab Furniture Flippin' Contest™! During the entire month of November we'll have an opportunity to see 20+ talented DIY bloggers take old and outdated pieces of furniture and give them a brand spanking new look with a little bit of paint. Which one will win!? I don't know..... YET! But, it's going to be amazing, it's going to knock your socks off and it's going to be a month full of colorful makeovers!

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