We get asked quite frequently in our warehouses which paint we prefer and why. We sell several different paint lines and they are all good for specific purposes. For quick and easy furniture transformations I go every time to our Vintage Farmhouse Distressing Paint. This is a pre-mixed liquid paint that we carry that is similar to various chalk type paint brands on the market. We carry almost 30 different colors in this line and each and every one is gorgeous.
There are a few simple steps we follow every time we update a dated piece of furniture in our shops. Proper preparation of the piece is key no matter what paint you choose to use. We scrub all of of our items with a mild soap solution first and dry thoroughly. Almost every piece gets a quick sanding to rough up the surface. This doesn’t have to be a back breaking process, just give the surface of the piece some texture. Tack cloths are great to wipe down the dusty, sanded surface prior to paint. Now off to the fun part, painting!
Select a comfortable, natural bristle brush of good quality to ensure a nice even coat of paint. Vintage Farmhouse Distressing paint is best applied in a light even first coat and dries in about 15 minutes. Use a fine grit sanding block after the first coat and tack cloth again to grab the dust. Apply the second coat (and third coat to achieve your desired look) and let dry again. At this point I almost always distressing the piece, sometime quite a bit, sometimes very lightly. I find it’s easiest to distress using a medium grit sanding block and hit the places on the furniture where it would naturally wear, corners, around handles and edges.
Using a tack cloth after you finishing distressing to prepare the surface of the paint for a top coat. This type of paint always has to be sealed after painting. The type of finish will depend largely on the intended use of the furniture. Clear wax is great for surfaces that are not going to see much use such as side tables, frames and tables and dresses that won’t see much use. For high traffic surfaces we suggest something a little more durable such as our General Finishes products, High Performance Top Coat or Arm R Seal, or our Miss Mustard Seed Tough Coat.
Vintage Farmhouse Distressing Paint is a great option for a quick update to your furniture that can be completed in one afternoon. You can grab this paint and supplies in either of our warehouses or on our website and start your DIY project today.
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