There are several techniques you can use when painting furniture. We use spray paint, chalk paint or latex paint when painting furniture, depending on what we feel will fit our needs. You can find our tutorial on how to spray paint furniture here and how to use latex paint here. Chalk paint needs to be painted by hand but you will prep and finish your piece the same way no matter which method you choose. Learn how to make your own and use chalk paint here.
4 fun furniture painting techniques
We’re going to show you three techniques to paint your furniture!
1. One way is to use two paint colors! Paint the top a different color than the rest of your piece, mix the colors or paint doors and details a different color. The possibilities are endless.
2. If you’re not into the two toned look, you can layer on the paint for an antique look! We painted this piece a warm mustard yellow color then painted random areas with a dark brown to give it an aged look!
3. Another way is to stencil or design on your piece! We used vinyl to apply a stencil on this desk to dress up the table top! As you can see, we painted the accents of the desk pink to give it a little contrast and tie in the pink stenciled design.
We’ve also stenciled numbers on this Anthroplogie inspired ordinal dresser.
4. The fourth technique we’d like to show you is to paint metallic accents on your piece. You can use virtually any kind of metallic paint on your furniture. Usually, we use a small bottle of acrylic craft paint and hand paint the detailed pieces of the furniture. We use a small brush and hand paint the areas you want to accentuate. You can go bold or subtle here and it truly makes a huge difference!