As a furniture artist I spend a lot of time engaging on social media. I get regular private messages from my followers inquiring on which products I use or recommend. So what is the best paint to use on furniture? I see this question asked daily in one of the many online groups devoted to painting furniture. There are always plenty of responses and opinions on which paints are the best on the market but the truth is there is no right answer to this question. Every paint on the market is made differently and each one has properties uniquely its own.
Finding the paint that is best for YOU is not an answer you can find online. Every furniture artist has their own painting style and some products are better suited to creating certain looks. Availability and price in your area will also play a huge factor in the paints that you choose. I am all for ordering paint online and I do it on a regular basis but there is nothing worse than running out of a colour mid-project and having to wait a week to replenish your stash! I also have to take into consideration that I live in an area with harsh winter climates where shipping paint in the mail may not be an option four or more months out of the year. I have experienced the devastation of receiving hundreds of dollars' worth of mail-ordered product, completely frozen and unusable. Lesson learned!
So which paints do I use?
When I first started out, Annie Sloan was my go to chalk paint and the only paint I used. Originally created in 1990 and available in 60 countries, Annie Sloan is the “OG” chalk paint. I still love Annie Sloan paint – it's thick and offers great coverage as well as the ability to create loads of texture. This paint sands smooth and distresses with ease. If I am looking to create textured old world charm than the consistency and colour palette of Annie Sloan paint is perfect. However, if I wanted to create a classic, smooth finish I probably wouldn't reach for Annie Sloan as my first choice. Recently the local retailer in my area closed so I no longer have easy access to Annie’s paint unless I order online incurring shipping costs and limiting my winter purchase ability therefore I am no longer using Annie Sloan paint.
The DIY Paint Co. line is an all-natural clay and chalk based paint known for being highly
pigmented. Similar to Annie Sloan, this paint is thick with amazing coverage and is well suited to creating layered, textured finishes. The DIY Paint line also offers neutral, muted colours suited to creating those old world finishes but additionally carries many bright,
beautiful colours to choose from. Unlike Annie Sloan chalk paint, DIY paint is heavily pigmented allowing you to add copious amounts of water to it without diluting the vibrancy in the colours. DIY Paint Co. is my go to paint when I am looking to create vibrant colour washes and layered, textured finishes. I love this paint for my bohemian style art furniture pieces.
Dixie Belle is known for its blending abi