As a professional furniture painter for the last 5 years (and an amateur before that!), I’ve tried A LOT of products and brands. I’m often asked what I use, so I’ve compiled a list here for you.
These are my go-to products,and I wouldn’t recommend them if they weren’t the BEST of the best!
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Bondo is fast-drying and super durable, so I use it to fill in big gaps and deep scratches. You can even use it to mold a whole missing section of moulding or a buffet leg!
You mix this granulated cleaner with warm water, and spray or wipe it onto your piece to wash it. Use gloves, and rinse with clean water. This is the most important step in your makeover!
This wood filler is the easiest by far I’ve ever used. It stays pliable in the jar, and sands beautifully once dry. Plus, it comes in black, brown or white.
This priming product blocks odors, stains and stops bleed-through. It does as well as shellac, without the major fumes.
Stronger than regular paper towels, these are great for cleaning pieces, wiping back stain, and cleaning up messes. Then you just toss them for easy clean-up.
I love these ones with a padded back because they are easier on your hands, and they mould to the surface you are sanding.
This is the perfect little tool for spreading Dixie Belle “mud” wood filler where you need it. It’s plastic,so it won’t damage wood. And it washes off easily.
Another primer, but this one is best for ensuring paint sticks to a slippery smooth or shiny surface. I’ve used it over laminate with great results.
Gel stain is the easiest way to get a stained top on your farmhouse pieces. You can also use it to create layered old world finishes. It is oil-based, though, so use an old chip brush or sock to apply it so you can toss it after.
Glazes can be what adds that uniquely artistic hand-finished touch to your piece, and separate it from factory-finished furniture.
I love this stain for raw wood, especially to create a barnwood look using Tobacco Road and Up in Smoke. This one is water-based, so easy soap and water clean up.
It’s so fun to experiment with these products to get rusty metallic finishes in all different colors. Hardware, decor, picture frames, or even furniture!