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Over the years I have been asked a lot of questions about painting furniture. Many of those questions are usually centered around what's the best paint brands are or products are for painting furniture.

"What 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?"

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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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1. Favorite Furniture Paint Brands

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!

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

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Hands down, this $3 Top Coat Blue Applicator Sponge is my very favorite way to apply top coat! Why do I love it? It doesn't leave brush strokes, you can rinse it and reuse it over and over again. It's fabulous! 

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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 an inexpensive HomeRight Finish Max Pro Sprayer

It's the perfect paint sprayer for beginners because it's so easy to use! Here are some other paint sprayers that my furniture painting friends have used and love as well!

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5. My Go To Products To Repair Furniture!

These are some of my favorite go to products when I 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 & Odors

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.

If you're trying to remedy a piece with strong smoke smell or pet odors this Spray Shellac is like magic in a can!

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- Adding 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. Ziplock baggies also work!

9. Furniture Dolly

Absolute Life Saver! My sweet husband made me this wood dolly pictured here but these furniture dolly wheels are so easy to use and maneuver!

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 we'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 refinishing tutorials.

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Happy furniture refinishing!
Carrie || Thirty Eighth Street

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  1. Another super informative post Carrie. Thanks for sharing! :)

  2. Wow, so much great info! I love chalk paint! Discovered it over the summer and have been addicted ever since

    1. Chalk paint is great isn't it!? I'm so glad there are other addicts out there! ;)

  3. This is all great info for a person like me - I need all the help I can get.

  4. Thanks for all the resources! Now I want to re-paint all my son's nursery furniture!

  5. Super useful Carrie and it's great having all the products you use in one post. Pinning so I can come back again and again.

    1. Thanks, Michelle! I'm glad you found this so helpful!

  6. Great advice. Thanks for sharing with us at Vintage Charm.

  7. Thank you for sharing great information with us at #FuntasticFriday.

  8. Thank you so much for this information! I love painting furniture but, I really do need all the tips I can get! I appreciate you sharing and will pin and share!

    1. Thank you! I'm so glad to hear that you found it helpful!

  9. Thanks for sharing these useful tips. Great information.