Furniture Painting

We have been painting furniture for nearly a decade. Over the years we have painted hundreds of pieces of furniture. In the process we have learned a lot. We can achieve many unique finishes; from super shinny, high gloss, to rustic, chippy and weathered. We also dabble in some furniture re-finishing.

Getting a quote:If you are interested in having a piece of furniture custom painted please email me for complete details

Pick up and delivery: We offer local pick up and delivery. Our paint booth is located in Orange County, CA.

hot pink french provincial dresser night-stand-vintage IMG_1060

photo-42 DSC_0031-2 nightstand-antiqued

7-after gold-leaf-black-lacquer DSC_0013-e1362021324826

red-farm-table IMG_1114 DSC_0630

barstools DSC_1245-500x332 armoire bronze

a close up a dresser a white dresser

a yellow dresser a blue dresser stain close up


48 Responses to Furniture Painting

  1. shelly says:

    I love you work! Do you ever spray a clear coat after glazing? Thanks

  2. Deana says:

    Thanks Shelly!! I have never done a clear coat over glazing, but I have sprayed a clear coat over a high gloss paint to add extra shine to it. Clear polyurethane sprays really easy and nicely.

  3. Laura Babcock says:

    Hi, I love your work.I have an Antique looking coffee table and I want to paint it beige color and use a ebony minwax color for the details and my question is, Do I need to sand it completely or only a light sand?

  4. Deana says:

    Thanks Laura! Before you paint the furniture you should clean it really well and then lightly sand it with 220 grit sandpaper. You don’t need to strip the old finish, just dull the surface and create a tooth for the paint to adhere to. Between coats sand with 320 grit to ensure a smooth finish, but don’t sand the final coat before adding your stain.

    I hope that helps. Good luck on your project!

  5. Ursula says:

    I have informed by chalk paint websites that isn’t needed lightly sand the surface. In contrary you suggest so for cleaning. Can you please make me clear what to do for refreshing my bedroom’s furniture

    Thanks in advance

  6. bon chauvin says:

    I absolutely love love love your tutorials and think I can learn from you. I would love to subscribe to your website. I feel a bit intimidated by it all, but I think I will get my toes wet first with the minwax wood finish stain. I have a chair that I painted cottage pink….and it has a lot of indented detail…what color minwax stain should I use? Thanks Bon

  7. Deana says:

    Hi Bon, I love dark walnut. It is my favorite color. I think it just adds a nice warm tone to painted furniture. Go for it! Good luck :-)

  8. Deana says:

    Hi Ursula, I don’t use chalk paints, but I have heard the same thing about not needing to sand before using it. I’m using acrylic paints. In order to get a long lasting, quality finish it is necessary to start with a clean, sanded surface. Cleaning and sanding insures that the paint will adhere well. Chalk paints are designed to look distressed. I think that is why you don’t need to sand them because if the paint doesn’t stick it is part of the desired look.

  9. Colleen Rinder says:

    I love your website, I own a used furniture store in Florida, I always wanted to spray paint furniture, do you recommend a sprayer. Little confused about the paint, do you use and oil based paint ever or is it not necessary? Thank you.

  10. Deana says:

    I love using a spray gun and it makes for a really smooth, beautiful finish. I almost exclusively use water based paints. If you choose a professional paint, like Sherwin Williams, in a gloss finish, water based paints are very durable. Oil is not necessary.

  11. vicki dorion says:

    Hello-on youtube you demonstrated a crackle finish. You said to go to this website to find the steps you performed prior to putting on the SW Crackle product. Could you please explain those steps and exact products to use? Thanks so much-love your video!

  12. vicki dorion says:

    Hello there-I sent a note to you but wanted to be sure I asked the right ?. First, what type/brand of primer did you use for that crackle video. Also what type of paint for the top coat,ie. satin, flat, semi-gloss, etc? We need to know steps and exact products. We are not adding the gold but just want to have small cracks ie shabby white furniture with little bits of crackle all through piece. Sure appreciate your videos!

  13. Deana says:

    Vicki, I wrote an article that is very detailed about the steps I took to paint this piece. It was one of the posts I lost when my website crashed, but I found it here
    Unfortunately it was so long ago that I don’t remember what paint I used. When using a stain it is best to use something with a little sheen to it.

  14. Radek says:

    Hi .
    please can you tell me what paint is best for spraying kitchen cupboards and bedroom furniture?
    Primer,base coat,clear lacquer,matt finish ,half matt,and glossy finish.
    thank you

  15. Lana Brown says:

    Where are you located? I would love to have you paint a dresser, but we live in San Diego, so that is probably a problem.

    It is about the size of the gold dresser on your website. How much would it cost to paint a dresser that size? We are thinking black or black laquer.



  16. sarah says:

    about how much does the husky HVLP cost?

  17. Deana says:

    Hi Sarah, it runs about $50

  18. Deana says:

    Hi Lana, we are located very close to the 5 freeway in Santa Ana. I’m not sure which dresser you are referring to. If you would like to email me a picture and the dimensions I can give you a quote.

  19. Deana says:

    Hi Radek, It really depends on the type of wood you are painting. I would definitely choose a glossy finish for kitchen cabinets though. Gloss finishes are meant to be scrubbed and are the most durable. Furniture can be done in satin, gloss or high gloss. Just depends on your style. I wouldn’t recommend flat because it doesn’t wash or wear well and it tends to show dirt and hand prints easily. The most important thing is to clean the surface super well, sand it and use high quality products. I prefer Sherwin Williams paints.

  20. Natalia says:

    I have a question for you.
    I have a antique furniture Tha it’s been varnish so many time.
    should I put a remover paint first? OR Should I sand it?
    I just want to change the color.
    please, advice me.
    another question.., do u use semi gloss or eggshell?

  21. Mike Benson says:

    I have got two high quality loudspeakers with teak(?) cases. I would like these piano black. Can you help please?

    They are 12inches x 7.5 x6.5

    And where are you?

    Mike Benson

  22. Deana says:

    Hi Mike, can you send me an email with photos please? I’m sure this is something I can do for you. I am located in Santa Ana, Ca. My email is

  23. Deana says:

    Hi Natalia, is the current finish in good condition? If it is free of runs, brush strokes and other imperfections you can just clean it, sand it, prime and then paint. If it is in bad condition I would suggest stripping it first. I use satin, semi-gloss and high gloss. The only thing I don’t use or recommend is flat paint.

  24. Darlene Busickio says:

    I was watching a video on a different site and you somewhat show one of your Crackle projects. You mention in that video to go to your web site for more deals and I can’t find that one I was watching. I needed to know more about the products you used in that Crackle video….example: wax, then you mentioned an Ivory color but could not understand the complete name of that, and I see you used a Faux Impression Crackle. Did you purchase this crackle at Sherman Williams also? I am new to Crackling and I’m trying to find the best product out there to use. You mentioned something about Crackle Medium? Thank you!

  25. Veroslav says:

    can I ask you what nozzle are you using for your gun when spraying primer,top coat and warnish? Are you using a normal wood waterbased paint for spraying with gun?

  26. Deana says:

    Hi Veroslav, I am using a 1.4 tip for all types of primer and paint. I generally use water based paints, but on occasion I will use a shellac based primer or an oil based primer. I use the same tip for those as well.

  27. Deana says:

    Hi Darlene, unfortunately that content was lost when my website crashed and because it was so long ago I don’t remember all the details. I believe I used bees wax by Howard’s feed-n-wax. The crackle medium was definitely a Sherwin Williams product.

  28. Wrennetta says:

    Hello, I have a dresser like your whit 9 drawer dresser. Can you please tell me how I can do the same finish you have on yours with the paint brand and steps please?

    Than you

  29. Pam says:

    I’m about to try my first project with stain glazing. When you say you use Sherwin Williams paint are you referring to interior latex like I can find at my local SW store? Thanks!

  30. Deana says:

    Yes, I really like Solo, which is a 100% acrylic interior/exterior paint. You can get it at any Sherwin Williams location.

  31. Deana says:

    I actually posted a tutorial video on that exact dresser. You can view it here

  32. Pam says:

    Deana, I finished my project a couple of days ago. It still feels tacky. Any idea what I may have done wrong or how to fix? I live in the Atlanta area and it has been really humid, so maybe that’s a factor. Thanks.

  33. Sandra says:

    Thank you for having such an awesome blog. You inspired me to redo some piece of furnitures.

    I have 3 pieces of furniture that I am hoping to paint but they all have a little bit of peeling around corners or some edges. Two are wood with an old paint finish of some kind and the third is an older laminate piece. My plan is to sand those areas with a high grit sand paper until they are smooth. Do you think that would be enough? Or should I use some kind of glue or sealer as well?

  34. patricia says:

    Hi Deana, do you have a videeon using chalk or baking soda paint to achieve a smooth non distressed finish? Many thanks

  35. Deana says:

    Hi Patricia, I don’t. I have only used the chalk paint to create a distressed look.

  36. Deana says:

    Hi Sandra, you can probably sand enough to smooth things out. After you use the heavy grit be sure to follow it with something like a 220, otherwise you will see lots of scratches in your final paint job. I have used a primer from Sherwin Williams called PrimeRX- peel bonding primer. It is almost like glue and will get under any loose paint and prevent any further peeling. It also seems to help level out and smooth the rough spots a little bit too.

  37. Deana says:

    Hi Pam, sorry for the delay I haven’t checked the blog in a while. Humidity will definitely play a huge role. Some paints can take up to 30 days to fully cure, this is especially true for dark base colors. If after 30 days it still remains tacky there are usually two reasons, poor quality paint or too many thick coats of paint to quickly. Hope that helps.

  38. Sandee Pruett says:

    I’m recently retired and my new hobby is painting furniture. What airless spray painter would you recommend?

  39. Deana says:

    Hi Sandee, I love the Husky HVLP gun that I’m using now. I think it would be easy to use for a beginner as well. Good luck and happy painting!!

  40. Greg says:

    Hello, when you paint a piece with water based paints do you spray any type of sealer after the final coat?

  41. Deana says:

    Hi Greg
    I don’t use a clear coat. When using a high quality gloss paint a clear coat is not necessary, it is a durable finish on it’s own. The key to protecting the finish is to let the paint fully cure before using the furniture though. It can take up to 30 days for the paint to get to its most hard, durable finish.

  42. Susan Edge says:

    like to get info and videos from you–need help with info as I am a beginning furniture painter

  43. jenni says:

    what sheen are you using for your paints? high gloss,semi-gloss etc?

  44. Skye says:

    Hi Deanna,

    Love your videos! They really inspired me to redo my bedroom furniture. I have a question. I’m repainting Ikea laminate furniture (Malm series). and have already sanded and primered with Zinnser Shellac Based Primer. I want to go for a high gloss white finish, and was wondering if I should go the Rustoleum White Spray (rattle can) and finish with a High Gloss Clear or if I should opt for a different method. I have a spray gun which is actually a DipYourCar gun, but I’ve read I could use that on paints as well. Any recommendations?

  45. Kenzie says:

    Hi Deana! My husband and I are just getting into refinishing and LOVING it! I just have a question, in your crackle tutorial, you say you use the wax at the end. Is there a specific reason to use wax instead of just a varnish? We have varnish already and would like to save a few pennies right now if possible, so we wondered if there’s a reason or if it would be fine to skip the wax and just varnish? Thanks so much, and thanks for being awesome and so giving with your free tutorials! You rock my socks off =)

  46. Deana says:

    Hi Kenzie, I don’t like to use varnish, or any other clear coat, because they tend to yellow white paint over time. I know there are many out there that claim to not yellow, so if you have found a good one that you like there is no reason why you couldn’t use that as your final step rather than the wax. Good luck on all your future projects. Redoing furniture is so fun!

  47. Deana says:

    Hi Skye, a spray can is really hard to use to achieve a perfect finish, especially on large pieces of furniture. I would use the spray gun.

  48. Deana says:

    Jenni, it really depends on the look I want to achieve and/or what my client desires. The only sheen I will not use is flat. I would say the most popular sheen is satin.

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