We get asked a lot about the tools and products we use to paint furniture. We don’t believe in expensive, fancy gadgets but we have come to rely on a few different tools and products to make what we do a whole lot easier and faster. We’ve put together a list of the ten tools and products we think are the most helpful for any aspiring furniture painter. Of course there are probably more than 10 best tools & products to paint furniture like a pro, but these are our most favourite!
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If you’re new to furniture painting, our list of favorite furniture painting tools and products may seem a bit overwhelming. Don’t feel like you have to go out and buy them all right away! You can read about the basics you’ll need to get started here. But if you plan on painting more than one or two pieces, you should definitely try these 10 furniture painting tools and products we love.
1. Palm sander
We use our palm sander all the time to remove old finishes and get down to the bare wood. A palm sander saves a ton of time and arm strength! You can even use your palm sander with a finer grit sandpaper just for lightly scuffing a piece before you paint it. We’ve owned several models like this and they’ve all worked very well for us.
A good primer not only saves time by reducing the number of coats of paint you need but it also gives the paint a surface to stick to for a stronger finish. Even when we use mineral paint, sometimes the only thing to stop wood grain from bleeding through is a shellac based primer. We always have a small can on hand to spot prime areas that bleed through the first coat of paint.
This product was a game changer for us! We used to pass on damaged furniture but then we found Bondo. Bondo is a quick and easy was to fill in holes, chips, gauges and damaged veneers. It works so quickly you can keep your project moving right along.
4. Tack cloth
Sanding is a must for furniture painting. You can read more about why we always sand here. Even if it looks like you’ve cleaned away all the wood dust, there’s more you can’t see. We always use tack cloth to make sure none of the dust makes it way into our finished paint coat. The best deal we’ve found for this product is on Amazon.
5. Sanding sponge
A sanding sponge is a foam block wrapped in sandpaper. It makes sanding much easier and helps get into the edges without tearing apart your fingers. These are relatively inexpensive and last a long time.
We love antique and vintage furniture but these old pieces are covered in dirt, grime and potentially other hazardous products. Always wear a mask when preparing a piece and when using cleaners or paints that instruct you to do so. We don’t have fancy masks but keep a stack of these babies available at all times.
7. Paint sprayer
Our HomeRight Finish Max is fantastic! On pieces with a lot of detail, we save a tonne of time by spraying instead of painfully trying to get into nooks and crannies. You can read more about our experience with paint sprayers here.
8. Good brushes
We didn’t know what we were missing until we upgraded out brushes. Cheap brushed will leave more brush strokes and the stray fibers will prevent getting a nice clean edge. It’s worth spending a little for for good brushes like these.
9. Mineral paint
Minimal prep, excellent coverage and no top coat required – need we say more? Well we did say more here. But seriously, mineral paint is so good we rarely use anything else. Fusion Mineral Paint and Cottage Paint are two of our favorites.
10. Hemp oil
Hemp oil is our absolute favourite way to seal a natural wood finish. It brings out the natural, rich beauty of the wood. It is all natural, safe and very easy to use. And unlike polyurethane, it does not create a top coat that will chip or scratch! This stuff will revive almost anything!
So those are our top ten most favourite products for painting furniture. If there are any you haven’t tried, we encourage to do so! Each of these tools or products saves time and makes painting furniture much easier and/or the quality of the finish much better.
What about you? Are there tools or products you just can’t live without? We’d love to hear what you think are the best tools & products to paint furniture like a Pro – leave us a comment below!