Paint Products and Companies I Recommend
Hi friends! I’ve put together a comprehensive Paint Products Resource Guide that provides you a list of all of the products and companies I use on a regular basis. This is the same list I hand out to family and friends, which means I stand behind each one of these recommendations 100%. It also means that some of these products aren’t the cheapest on the market, but the amount of time I save on my projects is well-worth spending a little extra money for the higher grade product.
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Painting Resources Guide
Here is the order of topics I cover since this is a very long post. Hopefully this will help you scroll through faster to find what you are looking for.
*Brushes for Painting Detail Work
*Brushes for Painting with General Finishes Milk Paint and General Finishes Top Coats
*My Favorite Furniture Paint
*The Colors I Always Have on Hand
*The Grays and Black
*The Pinks, Reds, Oranges, and Yellows
*My Favorite Gel Stains
*My Favorite Top Coats
*Miscellaneous Painting Supplies
My Fav Brushes for Painting Detail Work on Furniture
I know it’s easy to want to go the cheap route when it comes to buying paint supplies; however, a quality finish relies on using quality products. Don’t cheap out! Don’t cheap out! Don’t cheap out! I found that using good brushes and paint ensures a professional looking finish and saves me time since there will be little sanding between coats and because the paint dries quicker.
I use my Purdy angled brushes for cutting in trim on walls and baseboards; however, I also use them on detailed furniture. As you can see in the picture below, this two tone French Provincial dresser has nice clean lines and I didn’t tape at all thanks to the Purdy angled brush.
My Go To Brushes for General Finishes Milk Paint and Top Coat
General Finishes also sponsored my Kitchen Cabinets Makeover I did in the Fall of 2016. I painted my kitchen cabinets a very bold and beautiful Lamp Black and I used Jen Mfg. foam brushes for the milk paint and the top coat.
Cheap foam brushes from Home Depot and Sherwin Williams won’t match up so don’t waste your time or money on them. They get floppy within minutes and it’s like applying paint with a dish rag. Trust me when I say the results won’t be pretty. I have found these Jen Mfg. brushes at my local Woodcraft although it’s a hike to get out there and sometimes they’re sold out so it turns into a wasted trip, and at Ace Hardware, which is closer but much more expensive. I prefer to buy them in bulk from Amazon.
I’ve dedicated a couple of very thorough posts to why I choose to use Jen Mfg. foam brushes with my General Finishes paint. You can read about Foam Brushes vs. Rollers here. And in this post you read about why I buy the larger foam brushes in bulk. It’s a long post but you can get the gist of it by looking at the pictures.
My Favorite Furniture Paint
Shortly after starting my original blog “The Tattered Rabbit”, General Finishes sponsored a few of my furniture painting projects. I had never used their paint before but I had seen pictures from other painter’s and I was impressed with the finished look.
My first sponsored post was a 1930s china cabinet painted with General Finishes Coastal Blue Milk Paint with General Finishes Millstone trim. You can see all of the before and after pictures here.
I quickly realized General Finishes Milk Paint is far superior to all other products I have used over the 20+ years that I have been painting. The paint went on smooth and evenly with very little effort from me. It dried quickly which meant I saved time between coats. And it adhered to the wood like no other. I was hooked on General Finishes from this point onward.
General Finishes Milk Paint:
*Is furniture grade paint
*Is both interior and exterior grade
*Self-seals although a top coat is recommended for heavy use items
*Self-levels to provide a nice even coat that looks like it has been sprayed on
*Is fast drying
*Has low odor
*Can be sprayed or brushed on
Paint Colors I Always Keep on Hand
I always keep a supply of basic General Finishes colors on hand that I call the tried and true best sellers for my area.
General Finishes Chocolate Brown gives a deep chocolate dipped appearance like chocolate Easter bunnies. This picture really doesn’t do the paint justice.
General Finishes Neutrals
I used General Finishes Snow White Milk Paint on this beautiful Bassett French Provincial dresser to fit perfectly into someone’s farmhouse decor. You can’t go wrong with Snow White or Antique White if you are selling furniture.
General Finishes Shades of Blue
General Finishes Coastal Blue is a my all time favorite color. I swear I would paint everything I own Coastal Blue if I didn’t think my family would get upset. Here is my end table in General Finishes Coastal Blue with gold craft paint.
General Finishes Shades of Gray
Gray furniture is still trending across the country. It gives a nice pop of color while maintaining a certain amount of neutrality in the color scheme. Here I combined General Finishes Queenstown Gray with General Finishes Linen to achieve this look.
And here is another piece finished in General Finishes Lamp Black. It turned this early 1900s dresser into a timeless, stunningly elegant masterpiece.
General Finishes Shades of Pink, Red, Orange, and Yellow
General Finishes Shades of Green
My Favorite Gel Stain
General Finishes also sponsored my Dining Room Table Makeover where I used Java Gel Stain and Antique White Milk Paint. It was the first time I had used any type of gel stain and took a little bit of getting used to. The application process was quite simple but I have to admit it was just weird to use such a thick product. BUT, and this is a big BUT, the depth and richness of the gel stain is really worth working with this product.
My Favorite Oil and Water Based Sealers
Over the past 20+ years I’ve used sealers and top coats from the big box stores. I’ve used hard wax that I thought my arm would fall off before I had finished waxing a piece and I’ve used pricey waxes where the wax was easy to apply but I thought it would never, ever dry into a hard protective finish. Again, by far, General Finishes Top Coats and Sealers are superior in every manner to all of the others.
General Finishes High Performance Top Coat in Satin or Flat are my Go To Favorites in water based top coats. They are easy to apply using the foam brushes listed above and they dry quickly. More importantly they dry into a very hard finish that will protect paint from chipping and flaking with every day use. I used General Finishes High Performance Top Coat in Flat on my kitchen cabinets and they have held up well in the 18 months since they have been painted. For darker colors like General Finishes Lamp Black and Coastal Blue I recommend using the Flat sheen because it will help hide brush strokes and any imperfections in the wood or paint technique.
This piece was done in General Finishes High Performance Top Coat in Satin.
My Dining Room Table was top coated with General Finishes Arm-R-Seal oil based sealer since I had used an oil based gel stain.