Tuesday, May 17, 2011

No one will share their secrets...

on their painting techniques for furniture.  I have casually conversed with many vendors who routinely paint furniture;  I can't say many have told me what paint they use.  Art and Genevra from Parkville Antique Mall told me several years ago that they used inexpensive satin paint from Walmart.  I truly cannot remember any other vendors giving up their painting secrets.  And when customers come into the shops and sales and ask what the technique is used and what paint is used, they are met with tight lips.  This has offended many vendors. 

I greatly respect missmustardseed.blogspot.com for sharing oodles of techniques on painiting and reupholstery and whatever else she might be working on.  This is a very generous gesture and "she who waters will herself be watered".

I have purchased paint (for furniture) from Walmart and Lowes and am rarely pleased with the results.  To really go on the cheap, I have bought many cans of "oops" paint. 

I compare my finish to other dealers and am embarassed when they see my finished work.  And some of the paint has remained tacky months after being applied. 

So I splurged and went to Sherwin Williams and bought Pro Classics water-based enamel in Roman Column.  I wanted a nice, light cream and want to settle on one cream for a lot of pieces.  I started priming and remembered to photograph my projects.  The acutal paint will follow when I get time, probably a couple of days.  I will update with the results and hope that I will feel proud and not embarassed of my painting.


  1. For antique colors I recommend Farrow and Ball, an English paint, not sure where you can get it in USA and not cheap, but IMHO worth the money.

  2. good luck with your painting projects

    like that idea of those who water will be watered, good thoughts