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When a piece a furniture becomes dated, the easy solution is to paint it. But painting can be time-consuming. Make painting furniture more effortless with these 7 tricks of the trade.


We all have that one piece of furniture that has seen better days. To some, that vintage dresser might seem beyond repair.  But, to others like yourself, all the dresser might need is a little TLC. Sometimes a fresh coat of paint is the answer to all of your old furniture’s problems.

We know what you’re thinking, “But painting furniture can be messy and time-consuming!” We understand that, and that’s why were sharing some insider tricks and tips that will cut your furniture painting stress in half. Do you have any painter’s hacks you want to share? Let us know in the comments below.

1. Chalk Paint

If you’ve never used chalk paint before, it could very well be your new best friend.  Since it is more of a textured paint, it is really good way to hide slight imperfections on a piece of furniture, especially if you’re going for a distressed look.

If you don’t want brush strokes, consider using chalk spray paint. You can spray it directly out of the can for a smooth and even finish that you don’t need to seal with a top coat.

As is the case with all chalk paint, you don’t have to sand or prime your furniture. No sanding means more time with your feet up relaxing.

2. Spray Paint Handle

If you are painting furniture with spray paint, consider investing in a spray paint handle.  We guarantee it will be the best $5 you ever spent on furniture painting.

You can get them at your local hardware store, and most options will connect to about any spray paint can.  Gone are the days of your paint-drenched pointer finger cramping up.

3. Paint Sprayer

Want to get real serious about your furniture painting project? Use a paint sprayer and your life will change forever. We recommend the Wagner Studio Home Decor Paint Sprayer for large pieces of furniture with lots of small, intricate spaces.

Most paint sprayers simple to use and easy to clean up when the paint is only in the reservoir. Air sprays through the hose and sprays the paint out of the front of the gun while the paint gets applied evenly and quickly. Using a paint sprayer when painting furniture will save you a ton of time and will provide the smoothest finish.

4. Drop Cloth

Using a drop cloth will save you time during the cleanup process, especially if you are using spray paint or a paint sprayer. You would be amazed at where paint can end up if you don’t use a drop cloth large enough. Buy large plastic drop cloths to cover a wide enough surface area and reuse them on all of your painting projects.


5. Painter’s Tape

Prep can be more important than painting in some cases, and painter’s tape isn’t just for your standard edging. You may be super excited to paint your piece of furniture, but just keep in mind that when you’re disassembling the piece, you’re eventually going to have to put it back together. Yikes!

Keep painters tape and a sharpie handy so you can label everything. Write down exactly where it came from as you are taking it off.  When you’re at the end of the project, you will thank yourself that you did it. Promise.

6. Quality Brushes

Want to paint your piece of furniture the old fashioned way? ALWAYS use a quality brush if you are painting furniture by hand. Splurge for the more expensive brush. It will last longer, the bristles won’t fall out, and the paint will apply more smoothly.

Also, keep in mind when paintbrush shopping that there are two different types of bristles. A natural-bristle brush is meant for painting with oil-based paints, whereas synthetic-bristle brushes are meant for water-based latex paints.

7. Rubber Bands

A simple trick to prevent yourself and your entire painting area from being covered in paint is to have a rubber band handy. Pick a nice thick rubber band that will fit around your paint can and have it rest in the middle.  If you’re painting by hand, you can use the rubber band to wipe the excess paint off of your paint brush.  So simple, and yet such a mess-saver!

If you’re painting by hand, you can use the rubber band to wipe the excess paint off of your paint brush.  So simple, and yet such a mess-saver!

Have painting projects on the brain? We have more information to share on colors, primers, rollers and more. Questions or comments? We would love to hear from you!

About the Author

Jackie Hausler

Jackie Hausler seeks to inspire creativity in the name of reclaiming, reusing and upcycling. With each project, she walks followers through do-it-yourself projects, shows how to give old items a new chance at life, and teaches ways to be eco-friendly and live a green lifestyle. She believes making your house a home doesn't have to be expensive to be beautiful and is passionate about accomplishing that while being kind to our earth. Jackie is the founder of the home and lifestyle blog Haus2Home.

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