How to Choose the Right DIY Paint For Your Project

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August 18, 2021

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Are you ready to redo your furniture, but you’re just not sure how to choose the right DIY paint for your project? We can help! We have 2 DIY paint lines you can buy online and in the store that are perfect for your next project. Our top choices (aka the easiest and best!) are always: Jolie Matte Paint the Premier Chalk Style Paint, General Finishes Paint.

I have been painting furniture for over 15 years and I think these are the best products to paint furniture + kitchen cabinets on the market. They’re easy to use, easy to clean up and both produce gorgeous results. I always want to make sure that whatever I’m recommending is the best option out there. So I’ve tried and tested these products on tons of furniture (don’t forget that we sell that furniture too!) and I can promise that you’ll love it.

Ready to Choose the Right DIY Paint for You?

First up is our Jolie Matte Paint Line

1. Jolie Matte Paint – This is my first recommendation for new furniture/DIY home project users. It’s the easiest to use, sticks to anything (wood, metal, cement, laminants, etc.), no priming, no sanding. You just pop the top and go. It’s non-toxic, low in VOC’s and it’s been Green Wise Certfied as an Eco Friendly Product. When it comes to sealing your piece you have two options. You can use Jolie’s Furniture Wax or Jolie’s Varnish (poly) that comes in a low luster or gloss sheen. This line is great for furniture, kitchen cabinets, floors, bathroom vanities and so much more.

jolie paint palace white choose the right diy paint
This piece is painted in Jolie’s Palace White with Jolie’s Gold Gilding Wax as an accent.

Next is Our General Finishes Paint Line

2. General Finishes (GF) – General Finishes Milk paint is not a true “milk paint” (usually mixed with water) but a high tech acrylic product. Again, this paint is low in VOC and is now more eco-friendly than ever. It’s made from more than 50% renewable resources and formulated from sustainable materials that decrease the carbon footprint. This self-sealing interior/exterior mineral-based paint named for its low-luster sheen. It’s easy to use but a bit thinner than Jolie Paint, so be careful for drips. We recommend sealing with the GF High Performance Top Coat that comes in flat, satin, semi gloss and gloss sheen. GF also has a cool product called Gel Stain that can give new life to table tops or any surface you want to keep the wood grain look but don’t want to sand, stain and seal. 

This dresser is Painted in General Finishes Coastal Blue and sealed with the High Performance Top Coat

Ready to Choose the Right DIY Paint & Start your Project?

We love our products, and we’re sure that you will too. You can shop online anytime and have your paint shipped right to your front door. If you’re still not sure though -just pop by the shop! We LOVE helping our customers out in person, and we have all the guidance and advice you’ll ever need. We would be happy to help you pick the right color and finish options!

Need a Little Help With Your DIY?

Of course, not everyone is really the DIY type, but you might just love the look of painted furniture and cabinets. With that in mind we have two really great services for you! Sign up to Join the Paint Lab or take advantage of our Custom Furniture Painting Services! In The Paint Lab you’ll get 9 video tutorials, helpful downloads and 4 extra freebies to help you master your project. You’ll even get a discount on your paint purchases through the store! For more info and a quote for our Custom Furniture Painting send us an email at shop@stylishpatina.com

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