Here at Alchemy fine living my mom and I use many different furniture painting techniques to transform old furniture. Not only do we find our own antique and vintage pieces to paint and restore for resale in our boutique, but we also offer the service of furniture painting to clients. We can paint furniture one solid color in a super high gloss finish to give the piece a more modern look or we can create the look of an old piece with chipping paint. We love to distress and create farmhouse finishes on furniture and we often use wax or dark stain to create an aged patina. Whatever look our clients desire we strive to achieve it. We have been painting furniture for close to ten years and it is not only our business, but our passion!

This buffet is one of our most recent projects. We painted it Mesclun Green, a color from Sherwin Williams. It was a bright, cheerful color until we stained it with Dark Walnut Minwax. The wax toned down the color a bit and gave it a subtle aged appearance. Before staining it we lightly sanded the edges to distress it.

Here is a picture of the doors side by side. You can see how the stain changed the look and created an antiqued finish. For detailed instructions on how to use Minwax to distress and stain your own painted furniture CLICK HERE.



7 Responses to Furniture painting techniques

  1. brooke says:

    This piece looks amazing…I believe we have the same style!! Thank you for linking up at my Furniture and Paint party!!


  2. brooke says:

    oh PS I am featuring you tonight!!!

  3. Jeremy says:


    Very beautiful. I am working on an antique buffet/server w/oval mirror right now. So far I have only primed it. And I just looked at the BEFORE pic and thought…maybe I should have left it and it would have still sold #remorse :( :) It wasn’t in perfect shaped but 85% of it was. Anyway, did you paint this green piece with satin finish? Thanks!

  4. Deana says:

    Hi Jeremy, it was actually a semi-gloss.

  5. Wendy says:

    Your piece looks amazing!

  6. Kaylene says:

    Hi Deana, I absolutely love you work!!! I was wondering if you applied a top coat after you applied the stain? If so, what top coat would you recommend?

    Thank you :)

  7. Deana says:

    Hi Kaylene, the stain is the final step. I don’t usually use clear coats on any painted furniture.

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