Paint furniture with latex paint without priming or sanding the wood first. Latex paint covers and adheres well to wood furniture.
I get asked this question all the time. Can you paint furniture with latex paint? Yes, you can. In fact, I recommend it. Latex paint or water-based paint had been perfected over the years. Most name-brand paints include primer in the mix. I don’t sand my furniture before painting either unless the piece is really rough.
I receive emails regularly about using latex paint on furniture, sanding, priming, etc. Unless furniture has really rough areas or is covered with permanent marker, fingernail polish, or something else that paint, any paint does not cover…..then I don’t sand or prime before painting.
One of the corners on the cedar chest I’m sharing today was chewed up, and I built the area up using wood putty. I sanded that smooth once it dried, but other than that, I did not sand the cedar chest before painting. By the way, today is Furniture Fixer Upper Day, and you guys are in for a treat—tour links at the end of the post.
The photo above shows the damaged area I covered with wood putty.
I bought the cedar chest at my favorite junk shop, and it was in fairly good shape, almost perfect inside. The chest is the Cavalier brand and I paid $40 for it. Someone had already removed the lock. We cannot sell them with the locks in place because it is a safety issue.
I needed to cover the big hole where the lock was located and I started going through my hardware stash. The photo above shows some of the stash from the blue cabinet, which is full of pulls, knobs, and other hardware.
I pulled out a few pieces to try as replacements for the lock.
There were two screw holes where the lock was removed but of course, those did not work for the pieces I selected for the chest.
I added this round decorative piece and the little lip on the chest lid made it possible to close the lid completely, even though the round piece was a little large for the space.
Next, I added a knob to the center of the round brass piece, and the two pieces look perfect together. I’m a happy camper. Sometimes I search for hours and hours, looking for pieces and parts. I found these parts right away in my search, and it took less than 10 minutes to put them on the chest.
How to paint furniture with latex paint.....I decided to paint the chest a blue color but none of the paint colors on my shelf spoke to me. I gathered a few cans of various shades of blue and started mixing paint. The photo above shows the deep rich blue, almost navy color I came up with. You can also just use already mixed paint instead of mixing your own. I try to use leftover latex paint from our home projects. Budget-friendly.
I applied one coat of paint to the chest and this is how it looked. The color was a bit dark for my liking, so I went back to mixing paint.
I added more light blue to the mix and you can see how much lighter it is than the original color. But the paint dries darker.
The photo above shows the color after the paint dried and the paint on the stick is wet. Definitely darker when it dries.
And this is what the painted cedar chest looks like. I love the color! If you’ve been here for a while, you know I mix my own paint colors a lot of the time. If I really like the color, I take the paint stick to Home Depot and have a quart of the custom paint color mixed so I have more paint and also the paint formula.
Did you see my recycled aluminum can vases from last week? These are a knock-off of expensive vases on West Elm. You can find the project here…How To Upcycle Aluminum Cans Into Vases
Can you believe I didn’t distress those beautiful details on the footboard? I may do some more work on the cedar chest.
If I do, I will share the changes with you. I definitely think I should distress the round brass piece.
Have you used latex paint to paint furniture? I would like to hear about it if you have. You can find all my reasons for using latex paint here... Paint Furniture With Latex Paint: 13 Really Good Reasons.
For a lighter look on the cedar chest I may whitewash it like I did this one in my video tutorial....
P. S. I received a comment about the tiered tray I listed in my newsletter. I should have linked to the tray with the round handle instead of the heart shaped handle. My mistake. Same tray but different handle. I have the round handle top. Find it here on Amazon.
If you have time before heading out on the tour, please leave a comment about the makeover. Just click the text links below the “before” furniture makeovers photo collage to take the Furniture Fixer Upper Tour….
Furniture Fixer Upper Tour
Magnolia Dresser Makeover - Confessions of a Serial DIY'er
Bathroom Cabinet Makeover - Salvaged Inspirations
Solid Wood Counter Stools - My Repurposed Life
How To Repaint A Dresser - Girl In The Garage
Latex Painted Cedar Chest - Petticoat Junktion (you are here)
As always, thanks for being here, Kathy
Author: Kathy Owen (Petticoat Junktion)
Kathy is the founder of PetticoatJunktion.com, a home décor blog focused on repurposing and upcycling furniture, old hardware, rusty stuff, and thrifty finds into unique home décor. Kathy’s projects have been featured on the Home Depot Blog, Plaid Crafts, Behr Designer Series, and in numerous magazines. Read more about Kathy here.