8 Quick Tips To Paint Furniture And Avoid Brush Strokes

Painting furniture is a popular DIY home improvement project. Whether you’re painting an old piece of furniture to spruce up your living space or giving new life to a report that no longer fits your style, it’s essential to get the finish right.

Achieving a smooth finish and avoiding brush strokes can be tricky, but it doesn’t have to be. In this blog post, we’ll share practical tips and techniques for achieving a professional-looking finish every time–and without the hassle!

Preparing the Furniture for Painting

Preparing your furniture for painting is the most essential part of the process.

If you don’t do it right, you’ll end up with a finish that looks like someone took a brush to it.

So the first step is cleaning the surface thoroughly and sanding rough spots and imperfections.

Then apply a primer for a smoother finish, followed by two coats of paint.

I prefer using a paint deglosser to clean and prep the surface.

Paint Extenders

Use an additive like Floetrol to extend the dry time of your paint. Fast-drying paint has less time to level itself to a smooth finish. Floetrol will prolong the drying time and allow the paint to level appropriately.
In most cases, you don’t need to add much to your paint 2-3 Tablespoons is enough for a gallon of paint.

paint extenders for avoiding brush marks


Use The Right Paint Brush

Choosing the right paint and brush is essential for a flawless furniture makeover. There are two main types of paint: oil-based and water-based.

Oil-based paints are more durable than water-based ones but require more drying time.

On the other hand, water-based stains dry faster and are easier to clean up after application, but they tend to leave brush strokes in the finish if you’re not careful when applying them.

Water-based paints are ideal for avoiding brush strokes because they don’t have any drying time; however, you’ll need to apply several coats of color before getting a smooth finish on your piece–which can be time-consuming!

To avoid having too much time invested into this project without seeing results fast enough (or at all), I recommend using an oil-based primer before applying any other layers of color over it with either type of paint so that each layer adheres better to what’s underneath without peeling off later down the road due to poor adhesion between layers.”

Here are some of my favorites which I believe to be the Best Paint Brushes For Your Painting Projects

purdy brush


Make Sure Your Primer Coat Is Smooth

Primer usually dries fast and thick.

You want to be aware of any brush marks in your primer coat.

Since the primer coat is the foundation of your topcoat, it needs to be smooth so that there will not be any brush strokes showing through the paint coat.

Painting Techniques to Avoid Brush Strokes

  • Use long, even strokes in the direction of the wood grain.
  • Avoid going back to over-painted areas.
  • ‘Tipping off’ the paint after each stroke is a good idea to prevent brush strokes from showing up in your final finish.

Letting the Paint Dry and Applying Additional Coats

Once you are satisfied with your first coat of paint, allow it to dry completely.

Depending on how thick the paint is and your time, this may take a few hours or even overnight. After it has dried, apply another coat of paint if desired.

It’s best not to rush this process because running can cause smudging and brush strokes in your final product.

If you want an extra glossy finish on your furniture piece, apply sealant after letting both coats of paint dry completely (usually at least 24 hours).

Sand Between Coats

Your topcoat will only be as smooth as the coat beneath it.

Try sanding any spots that are uneven and have brushstrokes with 220-grit sandpaper first.

Get close to the surface and inspect it before applying your top coat to ensure it’s evenly smooth.

Use A  RoMiniller

You can avoid brush strokes by not using a brush.

Instead, use a 4-inch or 6-inch mini roller.

Using a 4-inch by 3/8-inch microfiber roller will get you great results, but if you want a better result that looks like a sprayed finish, try a 1/4-inch mohair roller.

mini roller - how to paint a room


Caring for Your Furniture

  • Caring for Your Furniture
    Once you’ve painted your furniture, it’s essential to care for it properly. The best way to keep your paint job looking terrific is by following these simple tips:
  • Dust regularly with a soft cloth or duster. If you have pets in the house, clean up any pet hair that accumulates on the piece’s surface as soon as possible; otherwise, this can cause discoloration over time.
  • Wipe down all surfaces with a damp cloth if they get dirty from everyday use (or dust). You should also check out our guide on How To Clean Furniture to know precisely what cleaning products work best on different materials like wood or fabric!


*Be sure to use the right brushes.
*Use a brush with a wide, flat edge for large surfaces and a smaller one for detail work.
*If you’re painting furniture with intricate details or carvings, use an angled brush instead of an ordinary flat one. This will help you get into all those little spaces without leaving any brush strokes behind.

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