So You Want to Be a Furniture Painter

The Final ProductSo You Want to Paint Furniture?

You want to be a furniture artist, or a furniture painter?  Or maybe you just want to try to paint a piece?  My name is Anne Eppler, I’m the owner of a creative business, The Passionate Painted Lady.  I create and design one-of-a-kind, signature furniture pieces.  I have been an artist for years, but just started painting furniture a little over 5 yrs ago.  I have had a magazine article written about me, and my distinct style of furniture.  My furniture has been featured on numerous paint companies websites and social media pages.  I am here to tell you the real truth about becoming a furniture artist.  How to paint a piece the right way.  It is very rewarding, but takes a lot of dedication, knowledge and hard work . You don’t just paint a piece of furniture . There is a lot more to it than that .

You don’t just slap paint on it and it’s done.  There are a few things you might want to consider before beginning your task.  The dedication, the creativity, and the hard work involved.  You are going to make mistakes, dont’ get discouraged.  You will learn by your mistakes.

A lot of paint companies say NO PREP.  I want to tell you, PREP IS KEY.  In order to assure you a high quality piece that will last for years to come, you have to properly prep your piece.

Repairing the pieceFirst you have to find your furniture

And what type of pieces you like.  What is your style?  You will have to look to see if there’s any repair work needed and is it going to be easily fixable?  Can you handle the repairs?  As you gain knowledge, it will become easier.  In the beginning, it’s hard to know what to look for, and where to look for pieces.
Sanding a pieceMe, I look for vintage pieces that I love.   Once you find your piece, then the magic begins . Your creative juices begin to flow.  You think of the colors and the finishes.  But, before you get to that point, you’re going to need to do some work.  You have to clean the piece and do any repairs that are needed.  Clean it again.  This includes the insides of the drawers.  Check to see if there’s any contact paper that needs to be removed, or other foreign objects.  All drawers on the inside should be cleaned.  Then the prep begins.  You’re going to have to sand it, and clean it-AGAIN.

Protecting your pieceFinally, ready for paint

Then the painting process begins.  Do you need a primer or clear coat?  Most pieces take more than one coat, so be prepared to do more than one coat.  You’re going to decide what type of finish you’re going to create.  Decide if you want to distress, blend, boho, glaze, wax accent, drybrush, or layer your piece for a finish.

Final wet sandingAnd then you need to seal your piece

Whether you seal wax or a clear coat to top coat, you also have to decide between matte, satin, semi-gloss, or gloss. Then you have to stage it and make pretty pictures, and then you’re going to have to think about how to price it out . So there’s a little more to the process than just slapping paint on it . In my future blogs I will try to break it down and make it much easier . You can follow me on Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter if you like.  I also have a free group that is open to all creatives on Facebook that can help you find information and support.  It is called The Creative Spirit, and I would love to have join us.

The Final ProductIn my next blog post, I will go into more details on a specific finish.

I thank you, and I hope you will be looking forward to my next blog post.


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