How to Paint Furniture for Beginners

Follow these basic steps of furniture painting and NEVER have to repaint your furniture again because of a failed finish!

Today I’m sharing the basics of furniture painting so that you can be sure that when you paint your furniture you are doing everything possible to create a beautiful lasting finish on your furniture. No shortcuts allowed! Trust me, I’ve learned the hard way. Shall we?

Dixie Belle Paint Products:

How To:

Step One:

I start with removing the dirt, grime, food, oils or just anything that can accumulate on furniture and could cause the paint not to adhere properly. I use a product called White Lightning by Dixie Belle Paint Co. It comes in a crystal form. I simply mix it in warm water and add it to my spray bottle.

Then I spray a liberal amount of the solution over the exterior of the furniture. With a soft cotton cloth, I wipe back all the built-up gunk. Even if you think your furniture is clean, I challenge you to try this. It removes the stuff you can’t see and that’s important for a great finish. You may need to repeat this step several times until it is clean.

Next, you will want to remove any residual of White Lightning that is left on the wood with water. I like a spray bottle once again because it’s fast and easy.

Step Two:

Now that your furniture is all clean, now is a good time to inspect the piece. Does it have any rough areas that need to be sanded? This step isn’t necessary if your piece is in good condition. If the finish is old and uneven, use a 220 grit sandpaper to smooth any rough areas and then wipe down with a cotton cloth to remove any leftover dust from the sanding.

Then apply 1-2 coats of a primer, stain blocker. I like BOSS by Dixie Belle Paint Co. It comes in clear and white. Since I’m painting this piece white, it makes more sense to use the white. It will make it easier to cover.

Step Three:

I used two coats of Dixie Belle Paint in Cotton to cover this Mid Century Dresser. That’s it! It’s good to go! The paint will fully cure in 30 days and it is not necessary to use a sealer. That makes it my go-to for quick and easy. It’s smooth, creamy and easy to apply. Even a beginner can master this look!

To learn more about this look, visit Do Dodson’s blog here!

Share This Post
  1. Diana says:

    I bought the Coffee Bean chalk paint, which from the color chart looks like a really dark mahogany (brown/black). Which matched the color my daughter wanted. I went with chalk paint because the piece is older and isn’t perfect. When I opened it this color was more of a very deeper black.

    Can I add another color to this paint to brighten it up to a little more of a brown.

    1. Dixie Belle Paint Company says:

      Hi Diana, we recommend do a test spot or sample board first to see if you like the color because the paint dries a little bit different than it looks in the container. If it still looks too dark, you can add a little bit of Chocolate. Hope this helps! Happy painting! 🙂

Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>

Comments Box SVG iconsUsed for the like, share, comment, and reaction icons

Learn some fun ways to embellish and enhance your drawer sides tonight with Pam and Bill from @countrylivingnewbie ... See MoreSee Less

3 hours ago

Comment on Facebook

Hi Pam! :) We can hear and see you perfectly!

We can see you!

Thank you for your amazing demonstration on painting drawers! :)

We are very happy to be #goingglobal! The overseas retailers have placed their first orders and the products are on the way!

Find your favorite Dixie Belle products here: We offer a wide selection of Woodubend and Redesign with Prima here: www.countrylivingnewbie

You know I love that Purple!

You guys are really fun! 💕

Hi Pam & Bill - I'm loving these stripes

Hi Pam and Bill :)

I can’t get in my studio right now so I had to jump on a watch my girl!

Hey Pam it's Debbie from Dickson Tn. you better watch out when you invite people down there on Friday night. I'm going to take you up on it!🎨🤗😄


This is the easiest paper to decoupage with ....great for beginners <3 and experienced .

Hey from Covington Tennessee

Y'all have the most amazing shop I absolutely love it

Love using the Stick and Style stencils <3

Hi! From SoCal have been looking forward to this all week

Love decoupage! Thanks for this live tonight!

I’m so glad decoupage is back in style! Love it!

Jackson Calif. Yes, used Dixie Belle. Love this paint!

Hello from Michigan's beautiful Upper Peninsula.

Love the butta's, use them on every drawer now or inside the base

Very fun! Love this!

Hey guys!! Coming to see y’all soon to get my Dixie Belle fix!! 😁

Love the new set up

View more comments

Join Amy from Ajs Vintage Designs showing No Pain Gel Stain over a factory finish and painting Cherry Wood Fluff mixed with Steel Magnolia metallic ... See MoreSee Less

4 hours ago

Comment on Facebook

BOSS helps prevent stains and odors for your pieces!

Thank you for helping us with No Pain Gel Stain! :)

We love it Amy!

Let us know where you're from! :)

Hi Amy! :) Great to see you!

Amy is going to lightly sand this top with a 220 sand grit!

We love Moonshine Metallics for the holidays! Great idea Amy!

I was scared you are always on time. 🤣😂 Blondes have more fun lol

Hey Amy , if I'm adding the pearlescent glaze to a piece should I top coat first?

That's to cute!!!! You always got the neatest gadgets Amy!!😁😁😁😁😁

Just got home. Hey beautiful

Oh my gosh, thank you!!! I’ve been looking for the perfect shimmery green for my china cabinet! ❤️❤️


This is a great idea thank you, The metallics are too shiny on there own I think

Great info thank you always

I love it!!! What a beautiful color!!!!!!❤❤❤❤❤

To me, instead of metallic, mixing the colors appears more of a pearl finish, very pretty

The cherry table has an Asian look to it. The painted piece looks totally different.

Very cool!! The mixture appears to self-level, too!💙

Thanks Amy! See you later

Okay...I just tried the walnut on my kitchen table and it was streaky. I got most off with mineral spirits but wol like to try again.

Hi Amy, my Friday’s best time 😊

Ohhh... know I will like the driftwood and silver❤️

Did you do anything to the top, it's beautiful

View more comments

Load More...