What is the best paint to use on wooden furniture please?

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  • Redcatcec Redcatcec on Aug 21, 2020

    This is a very broad question...are you looking for a brand? a finish? chalk?

    It would all depend on what furniture finish you'd like and how much use that furniture gets. Basically there is matte, satin, semi-gloss, and glossy finishes, glossy being the most durable and easiest to keep clean.

    For heavily used furniture an oil based paint is the most durable and sticks very well to the wood.

    Also the wood you are starting with makes a difference in painting. Is the wood finished, unfinished?

    Is your furniture going to be used indoors or outdoors? For outdoors exterior latex paint works well. Indoors latex paint is water based, both dry in under 4 hours.

    If you prefer a distressed look, milk paint is made from natural ingredients, it gives a crackled appearance.

    Chalk paint is also a water based paint that has a solid finish appearance, it needs a top coat ox wax to keep it from chipping off.

    No matter what you are painting, the bottom line to your project is in the preparation of the wood, that will make or break the finished results. Spend most of your effort there.

    Popular brands are Behr, Benjamin Moore, Annie Sloan, Rustoleum. Sherwin Williams, to name a few.

  • For indoors, many people like the ease of chalk paint, but we advised, it must be sealed. Often, a good choice is latex enamel.

  • Holly Lengner - Lost Mom Holly Lengner - Lost Mom on Aug 21, 2020

    There are lots of posts here on painting different kinds of wood:


  • Morgan McBride Morgan McBride on Aug 21, 2020

    Any paint will work if you prep properly with sanding and seal with a sealant

  • Janice Janice on Aug 21, 2020

    Many different paints will work on many different surfaces. It comes down to the "look" you want when finished. I'vce used spray paint on wood, also interior wall paint, primers, etc. with good result on wood. Depending on the piece a clear polyacrylic top coat preserves the paint well.

  • Kathy Gunter Law Kathy Gunter Law on Aug 21, 2020

    Rustoleum gets my vote. I scuff with fine steel wool, wipe with denatured alcohol, prime, then paint.

  • GrandmasHouseDIY GrandmasHouseDIY on Aug 21, 2020

    I also love Rustoleum. Its expensive and is oil based paint so its stinky and takes a long time to dry but it provides a seriously HARD surface that is much more durable than acrylic paints.

    I would say it totally depends on what type of surface you're looking for. Most of the time when I paint furniture I use a acrylic primer and paint and than use a couple of coats of a polycrylic sealant to protect the finish and that's always worked just fine for me in the past.

  • Cin41029332 Cin41029332 on Aug 21, 2020

    Thankyou all , it's for painting the floor sorry should have said this.. not very good at this.

  • Cin41029332 Cin41029332 on Aug 21, 2020

    Thankyou all. I should have said it's for the floor. Thankyou

  • Vimarhonor Vimarhonor on Aug 21, 2020

    Hello. Are you speaking of indoor or outdoor furniture. I have successfully used Valspar Behr and Rustoleum paint with fabulous results.

    Proper prep before painting is very important for a pleasing result

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  • Peggy L Burnette Peggy L Burnette on Aug 21, 2020
    Hi this is Peggy, here are some ideas for the best paint for wood furniture.Search Results

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    For furniture it's best to use a satin or semigloss finish in either a latex or an oil-based paint. Never leave primer unpainted. If you choose a latex paint, a latex primer is an excellent choice for most uses. It goes on easily and blocks most stains, but it doesn't have the odor of an oil-based primer.

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  • Morgan McBride Morgan McBride on Aug 22, 2020

    I use wall paint

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