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3 Fantastic Furniture Painting Techniques

Wondering how to paint  furniture or  furniture painting techniques?  Then you’re in luck because today we’re focusing on how to paint furniture using 3 fabulous techniques!

There are several techniques you can use when painting furniture! We use spray paint, chalk paint or latex paint when painting furniture, depending on what we feel will fit our needs! You can find our tutorial on how to spray paint furniture here and how to use latex paint here.  Chalk paint needs to be painted by hand but you will prep and finish your piece the same way no matter which method you choose.  We are excited  to show you three techniques to paint your furniture!

Three Techniques to Paint Your Furniture:

1.  One way is to use two paint colors! Paint the top a different color than the rest of your piece, mix the colors or paint doors and details a different color. The possibilities are endless.

Two-toned dresser

2.  Another way is to paint a stencil or design on your piece! We used vinyl to apply a stencil on this desk to dress up the table top! As you can see, we painted the accents of the desk pink to give it a little contrast and tie in the pink stenciled design.

Other DIYers have used a similar technique like adding stripes! I love this little side table from House of Smiths!

3.  The third technique we’d like to show you is to paint metallic accents on your piece.  You can use virtually any kind of metallic paint on your furniture. We use a small brush and hand paint the details of the piece with your choice of color. You can go bold or subtle here and it truly makes a huge difference!

More From Our How To Paint Furniture Series:

I hope that gives you a few ideas on painting techniques. {wink} If you have a make over tutorial on your blog, we’d love to see it! Feel free to leave the blog link in the comments or on theTip Junkie Facebook page. Or if you’re looking for a specific tutorial, let me know! I’ll be happy to find it for you. {{I’ve got your back!}}

Are you ready to tackle your next project yet?? Head over to Classy Clutter for more furniture and home decor inspiration!
all crafts How To Spray Paint Furniture! {in 5 easy steps}Mallory and Savannah are best friends and the brains behind Classy Clutter, a one-stop shop for all things creative with a focus on Furniture and Home Décor. Both are moms with a mission for being creative on the cheap!  Mallory is a full-time mom of two little boys and a student.  She runs her Etsy Shop –Heartfelt Designs and Photography Business from her home in New York. Savannah is a cosmetologist at an Arizona salon called Hair Do and keeps busy doing furniture, crafts and activities with her two little girls!  Classy Clutter keeps them connected from NY to AZ! Classy Clutter is your place for inspiration, tips and tutorials!  Please hop over and check us out!  We’d love to have you!


  1. [email protected]

    Great ideas! The first piece is my favorite! lOVE

  2. Allyson

    Thank you for all the great ideas! These are all such cute ways to make an ordinary ind extra special.
    Thanks for sharing!

  3. Cams

    Love the 2 toned dresser. I’ve been wanting to do something like this

  4. Shelly

    I am trying to find out how to do this painting technique that I saw . the dresser was painted red it looked like it had “chips” of paint that showed a base yellow undercoat and then the wood . Not a crackle do you have any ideas
    Thanks so much

  5. Kristin

    Yes! I want to know this too!!!!

  6. Denise

    does anyone know how to paint brass handles and hinges? i want to change the look of my furniture but to replace all the hardware is expensive!

  7. Michelle Cooper

    What technique did you use on the black and white dresser? I actually have a piece very similar and I want to paint it like yours. If you could give me tips on how you did it I would so appreciate it! Thank you!

  8. Furniture spraying

    Its awesome post. Its very helpfull & neccesarry.

  9. Kathleen

    Hi:) I’m looking to find out how to get that distressed look of black paint over red paint. I have an art deco bookshelf I want to paint red, then go over with black so that it’s not “so red” if you know what I mean:)


  10. Apprendre a dessiner

    I love the color palette on those ones!

  11. Rose Gonzales

    Really need to find out where to get the drawer pulls on the blue & silver french provincial dresser. The look like the ones need to match & replace on my dresser & desk.

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