What Kind of Paint to Use on Wood Furniture

Tips on What Types of Paint & Products to use on Wood Furniture

If you are embarking on a DIY varnished wood project, you may be wondering what type of paint you use. Whatever you do you do not want to paint directly over the varnish. If you try this, you won’t be satisfied with the end result. You need to sand it down. Sandpaper will create roughness that will allow the paint to adhere to the surface. Then it’s time to prime! After you are finished priming its time to paint. Keep reading for tips on how to paint varnished wood. If you are looking for professional help on larger projects, like refinishing kitchen cabinets, contact us for a free estimate.

Types of Paint to use on Varnished Wood:

1- Chalk paint– If you are going for a matte or vintage look, chalk paint is the option for you. This is also the best option if you are a beginner DIY-er because it is the best at hiding any imperfections.
2- Oil-based paint– This will take the longest to dry but its vibrant color will be worth the wait. You will need to wait up to 8 hours before applying the next coat so if you aren’t the most patient this is something you will need to consider.
3 – Water-based paint– This will provide you with the fastest results. It also tends to deliver fantastic results.

Once you have decided what paint you are going to use. It’s time to start painting. Here are some tips on painting over varnish:

1 – Make sure the primer is completely dry. This is probably one of the most common mistakes. Even if you are getting impatient, it’s best just to wait because in the end the finished project will be that much better. The longer you wait for it to dry the better.
2 – Begin painting even strokes of paint. Allow it to dry and then sand in between coats. This will help deliver flawless results.
3 – If you see any imperfections sand them and paint over them again.
4 – Apply the second coat of paint and allow

What you will need to paint varnished wood:
Safety googles, rubber gloves and mask
Lint-free rag
Household Cleaner
Medium or fine-grit sandpaper
Wood filler
Brush, roller or paint sprayer
Sheets, rags or towels (to avoid a mess)