(Easy) How To Paint Furniture Like a Pro

Visit DecoratingMagic on Face Book and Pinterest and Twitter. Step by step instructions on how to faux paint furniture. Basis for Distressed, Shabby Chic, Cottage, or rustic techniques.
How to Paint Furniture like a Pro.

Material list.
• Screwdriver and other necessary tools to remove hardware
• Paint can opener
• Stir sticks
• Coarse grit sandpaper and medium grit (60 grit and 100 grit)
• Dust Mask
• Damp and dry rags
• Drop cloth
• Water based primer
• Latex paint (eggshell or satin finish)
• Glazing medium (from the craft or home improvement store…a quart or smaller size)
• Colorant for the glaze (grayish brown craft paint…small bottle)
• 2″ foam brush for the polyurethane
• Angled brushes for the primer and paint (I like one called Shortcut from the home improvement store)
• Inexpensive 2″ brush to apply the glaze
• Water based polyurethane (matte finish)
• Matte finish spray (optional)

I find my pieces on Craigslist, yard sales, the classifieds, on the curb and a lot of times friends just give me pieces because they know I like them. Good luck. Send me pictures of your pieces! For complete written instructions, please email me at suewolf@comcast.net.

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  1. Leo Figueredo
    September 9, 2014

    Excelente!!!! Gracias por compartir—-

  2. Chasity Cone
    October 12, 2014

  3. Lise Marie
    October 12, 2014

    Thanks so much! I've been looking for the best (cleanest and quickest) way to distress furniture and now I think I've found it 

  4. Alexi Scurtu
    October 16, 2014

    This is so helpful! I was searching for a long time for a step-by-step tutorial on how to refurbish old furniture, and I have finally found you! 🙂 I think you gave me the impulse to start reconditioning that old makeup table I have, wish me luck!

  5. Victoria Hawksworth
    October 30, 2014

    Hi, I just wanted to say that of all the videos I have watched yours has been the most comprehensive and helpful! Explaining simple things like the differences between types of paint and waxes really does make things much easier to understand. Thanks for the help, x

    October 31, 2014

    there is this desk I want to get from the thrift store that has been there for a while….the top surface of the desk has really horrible deep chips in the wood making it uneven…I wanted to use it as a vanity or sewing desk….do you have any tips as to what I can use to fill in the chips…would it be plaster it and sand it smooth?

  7. Ioana D
    November 1, 2014

    It came out great, I really love the result! I'm about to paint some old wooden shelves, I hope they'll come out nice too, since it'll be the first time i'm doing this.

  8. Webb Surfer
    November 14, 2014

    Great tutorial, thanks a lot for your advice

  9. Arlene Bueno
    December 11, 2014


  10. Rob Coughtrey
    January 9, 2015

    Thank you for your uploads. I'm starting out creating my own little small garage business with restoring old furniture 

  11. Jenny Regeling
    January 19, 2015

    Hi Susan – Loved watching your video – what a gorgeous yet simple piece of furniture, which turned out so stunning!  I am always interested in watching how others work their trade.  Thanks for sharing, Jenny @ http://frenchalabeach-homewares.blogspot.com.au/ and http://www.sandihands.com.au

  12. Kathleen Herman
    January 19, 2015

    I love what you did to this little table. It is fabulous.  I think I may have stepped away when you noted what kind of paint you used. I saw the primer part but missed the color and brand of the final coat.  Thanks for sharing. Love it.

  13. nangky
    February 17, 2015

    I love this. Inspired me to try … Thank you so much.

  14. Barry Manilowa
    March 10, 2015

    Boy, Southerners have no taste or class! You are destroying a furniture piece.

  15. Sultana Ali
    March 27, 2015

    hi there! I want to say a HUGE THANK YOU for sharing your skills with us and knowledge! i cant afford to send my stuff to be done and really appreciate you posting this vid. You are amazing and i will add  Classy 😉
    I cant wait to do over my perfectly wonderful wooden table, that isnt damaged or bruised. The varnished wood just doesnt fit in. Time for a change. So what if one chooses to redo a perfectly fine piece of furniture, not like they're dumping it in someone else's home! It's theirs they can do whatever they want to it! Just my humble opinion.
    Again, thank you. Hope to see more vids.

  16. jennie O'Connor-Fitzgerald
    April 24, 2015

    Hi there – I just wanted to say what an absolute inspiration your tutorial was – it has to be the most informed and most detailed I've seen – I loved the results and will be trying to reproduce them in the future – will definitely be coming back for more inspiration! Just noticed from the previous comment you have a FB page so looking forward to viewing it! Thankyou again Jennie x

  17. Castielle
    May 13, 2015

    why is it so hard to find a video tutorial on "the secrets to painting furniture so that it looks authentically" NEW!?

  18. Jennifer Flener
    May 17, 2015

    You use my favorite brush ever.  I love that one.  Your videos are so informative and enjoyable.  I just found your channel today and subscribed.

  19. CanadianCowgirl1955
    May 28, 2015

    Awesome Video!  Thank You.  I have been wanting to do some old pieces but I have been hesitant about.  You have inspired me to get started!

  20. Dannus MK
    May 29, 2015

    Absolutely wonderful video. Thank you for being so explicit.Ste[ by step and your comments throughout the process are EXCELLENT.Contemplating on painting an already painted turned into bathroom vanity furniture.I am petrified! I will follow your steps with fidelity. Not going to do the distressed look for this project though. THANK YOU FOR TAKING THE TIME TO DO THIS OUTSTANDING VIDEO!

  21. tammi roberts
    June 11, 2015

    This is wonderful thank you..Can you tell me if you like using the wax or glaze better, I have been seeing both and I am new to this..Thank you! Tammi

  22. Michelle Fox
    July 1, 2015

    Very helpful and encouraging video! I picked up a hutch, buffet, table and four chairs for $50 and I want to paint it. I've been contemplating white wash or distressed. The furniture has a cottage look to it. After watching this video, I've decided to use this technique so thank you for sharing.

  23. Emmy Fae
    July 4, 2015

    You are wonderful at restoring the beauty back in old furniture, this was an amazing transformation! A joy to watch!

  24. presentlyhappy
    July 21, 2015

    If I use oil primer do I need to use oil paint or can I use latex ?

  25. presentlyhappy
    July 21, 2015

    Thank you a very helpful video. You have given me confidence to try a project this week.

  26. Sarah Scalf
    September 11, 2015

    Thank you for this video, it's awesome. I can't wait to paint my craigslist finds!

  27. millybops
    October 8, 2015

    Hi there, I'm not being awkward in any way but you do not have to use an oil bases primer for any type of furniture including pine or pre war pieces! Just as long as you use a primer that has shallac in it then that will seal in any type of furniture ready for painting. I always use Zinster 123 which has shellac in it and I run a very successful upcycling business with no complaints whatsoever. I've had no bleed through using this product. It's a water based primer which dries quickly and goes a very long way. Also if you want a very smooth surface use the finest glass paper in between each coat including the primer, sanding very lightly in between each coat will give you the nicest and most professional finish. I had to give people this information as I feel that you definitely gave incorrect information, or should I say incorrect in a way that is unnecessary and would take much more time to complete a project!! If anyone else would like anymore advice regarding this then I'd be more than happy to help 🙂

  28. thatgardnergirl 227
    October 11, 2015

    Hi. I love this video. and I enjoy the step by step methods you showed. I have a beautiful ethan allen kitchen set ( given to me free Yippie), solid wood that I want to paint. the problem is the top of table is laminate. so if u have any suggestions please help. thank you.

  29. Gigi Moniga
    March 13, 2016

    Why do you ruin beautiful old furniture?

  30. LinaKarolina - Chalk paint, DIY, Recycle & Remake
    March 27, 2016

    LOVE THIS!!!!!! 😀
    …I have a pretty new channel here on Youtube and I'm really trying to grow here… I would really appreciate if you maybe could give me a shout out in one of your videos… I know it's a lot to ask, but I actually think that my videos are something your followers would like (subtitles are available in each of my videos) 🙂
    Thank you! And keep up the good work in your videos! 😀
    Best regards from Sweden! 😉

  31. Lost Mountain Restoration
    April 12, 2016

    Good for you for not short cutting the process and being honest about the amount of work required to do it right!

  32. veronica guerrero
    April 13, 2016

    love it, can you please help me by giving me a list of the items I will need to make a bench like this, I am having problems buying all you used here.. thank you

  33. Kelly Henning
    May 8, 2016

    I just discovered your channel and immediately subscribed. I LOVE your videos because you are awesome at what you do AND especially because you dont talk too much at the beginning. You get straight to the point without all the chatting and silliness like so many other DIY channels. You explain things so well, to the point, and are just so amazing at what you do. Thank you!

  34. صانع الترفية النبيل
    June 2, 2016

    oh very nice

  35. صانع الترفية النبيل
    June 2, 2016

    have u face book pages

  36. MakeUpDetective007
    September 19, 2016

    Great no nonsense instructional video, I really appreciate your straightforward style getting right to the project. Thank you for the helpful tips, makes getting started very easy!

  37. Rebecca Smith
    October 21, 2016

    If only your style of clothing was as nice as the table. Couldn't you have worn a dress to hide your shape. What you are wearing with a belt around it makes you look like a white rain barrel,

  38. Melanie Begin
    December 5, 2016

    Beautiful but TOOOOO MANY STEPS

  39. MoniMar Mosaics
    December 16, 2016

    Ahhh finally…. a tutorial that makes some sense. Slight frustration, can you tell ? 😉 That was a great no nonsense video, good for all levels of experience. I am an artist, but my medium is glass. I used to do quite a bit of faux finishing, but haven't had the need to do any in quite some time. I was searching for a video that would push my refresh button and also match the idea I had in my head. It took me forever to find someone that didn't sound like they were either talking to a slow 5 year old, or someone that didn't know what they were talking about themselves. So thank you, thank you, thank you. I can now move on and complete this project, so I can get to the ones waiting behind it. Have a great Holiday Season. Oh BTW I subscribed to your channel 😉

  40. Flavia DePasquale
    January 2, 2017

    Awesome video!!! I watched it several times. I used this to help me with my first ever furniture painting project-but somehow I managed to screw it up 🙁 I sanded down the item, cleaned off the dust, primed with Zinsser B-I-N, waited 24 hrs. Applied 2 coats of latex paint. waited another 24 hours. Distressed with 150 grit sand paper-wiped off dust. waited another 12 hours. Then I applied Valspar Antiquing Glaze and wiped off with a dry paper towel. This is when the nightmare started. Some of the paint started to roll off as I wiped. So I tried damp wiping and same thing kept happening. I was not pressing hard at all and I kept rotating the cloths. What did I do wrong???? I have a pedestal dining table prepped and ready to be distressed and glazed but now I'm terrified to touch it!! HELP!!!! 🙁

  41. Jeanine Angulo
    March 3, 2017

    This came out great! I have a question about painting a piece that has sort of a shine. Must I sand it first before painting with chalk paint. It's a coffee table that I plan to replace the legs.

  42. Paola Lo
    April 25, 2017

    Great Job! and great explanation. Love the finish. Thanks for taking your time to teach step by step. God Bless You! and I subscribed. My best greetings from Dallas,Texas.

  43. twisted thrifter
    July 20, 2017

    I love how you make this look sooooo ez.I have watched so many tutorials and Im sick of seeing ASCP everywhere.You did this inexpensively and your love for repurposing shines through.Thank you so much for your teaching qualities.You are great at instruction.Lol just bcuz anyone can have a you tube channel doesnt mean they should lol.I watched at least 25 videos and I still wasnt clear on the whole process in faxt I may have got a bit more confused.If only I wouldve seen yours b4 i wasted precious tine trying to find out what I needed to do from start to finish lol you should do a tutorial on how to make a tutorial. I would watch it Ha!!!Thanks nice lady.

  44. twisted thrifter
    July 20, 2017

    Oh yeah can I use stain in the glaze for color?

  45. Betty nickelson
    October 16, 2017

    Doing a piece in semi gloss should I put two coats of poly in gloss

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