Mixing antiques, salvaged, handmade and new
With the popularity of painted furniture comes many options of paint lines geared toward DIY-ers, hobby painters and professionals. How does one choose what is right for them? Well, first you have to identify what your end goal is, are you up cycling pieces for your own use or are you planning to do an occasional sale or full fledged storefront? Since my assumption is that if a person is at the point where they want to start their own painting business, they already use paint and know the difference between the options so I am going to talk hobby paint in this article.
With anything on the market there are benefits and downsides to any product, it's a matter of finding what is right for you and your desired outcome.
Latex, Milk, Mineral, Chalk, OH MY!
Painted furniture is only as good as the surface beneath the paint meaning that the outcome of your piece will be determined by the prep work you do. No matter what paint you use. Some of the selling points about certain types of paint are that "you don't need to sand or prime" however with my experience in the painted furniture business I can assure you that you WANT to do the prep work. As with anything in life, you get out of it what you put into it. I also want to preface this article with the fact that I am not affiliated with any paint company, I do not sell any paint in my shop.
There are so many options, you really can't go wrong just start with what look you are trying to achieve: