Painting Furniture with Latex Paint

Painting Furniture with Latex Paint 

Painting Furniture with Latex Paint

Latex paint (also known as water-based or acrylic paint) is great because it is inexpensive and easy to clean up since it’s water-based.

Before you begin, make sure to not paint latex paint over an oil-based paint.  It will not adhere well.  An easy way to check if the paint is latex is by dipping a cotton ball in nail polish remover.  If the paint comes off, it’s latex!

Step One: Sanding

Sanding is a great way to remove some of the pieces current finish while creating a surface the paint can adhere to.


Step Two: Clean

Give your piece a good cleaning.  If you sanded the piece first, use a damp rag to remove dust.  If you didn’t sand, wash down the piece and use a cleaner like TSP.


Step Three: Prime

Priming takes time, but it will be well worth the time to have paint that doesn’t chip or peel.


Step Four: Paint

How the paint is applied will determine the look of the paint.  Use a foam roller for a smoother look.

Latex Paint on Furniture

Step Five: Seal

Seal latex paint with a polycrylic protective finish.  It’s water-based (like latex), and it does not yellow over time.

Latex Paint Tutorial


You can also see the more basic tutorials in my Painting Furniture Tutorial Series by clicking HERE.


Still want more tutorials and information on painting furniture with chalk-type paint, milk paint, spray paint, latex paint and oil-based paint?  Then you need to check out my eBook, Painting Furniture.


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It is only $4.99 for the instant download and full of photos and tutorials.  Here’s a sample page from the Milk Paint chapter:

Painting Furniture Sample Page

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