HOW TO THIN PAINT FOR A SUPER SMOOTH FINISH ON YOUR FURNITURE | THRIFT STORE NIGHTSTANDS
Back in January, my sister scored big at a local thrift store. I feel very VIP (I guess that would be VVIP) having Andrea and a handful of other friends’ shopping for me. I can’t wait for the Thrift Stores to re-open! To all of you who keep your eyes peeled for me (and you know who you are) THANK YOU!
Speaking of friends, it’s one of my favorite days of the month. Today we’re joining my talented Furniture Fixer Upper crew for five times the fun! I’m sharing their makeovers and DIY tutorials at the bottom of today’s post.
So let’s get right into it! Thinning paint may not sound exciting. But, believe me, it can make a **DRAMATIC** difference in your finish whether you’re spraying OR brushing.
To demonstrate, check out these heavy-duty twin nightstands. They were on sale for $11.99!
It never ceases to amaze me what a gorgeous color and super smooth finish can do!
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HOW TO THIN PAINT
So many of us use chalk-mineral paints for our furniture makeovers and these are typically thicker paints. This is amazing but if you’re new to these types of paint — it can feel TOO THICK.
Newbies often over brush, use too much paint/and or don’t thin down the paint… and I know this because that’s EXACTLY what I did.
I used all my paints straight out of the can. It’s not that I hadn’t heard about the benefits of thinning paint, but I was confused about how, why, or when I should do it.
For the first few years, I sprayed and brushed my furniture without thinning. After sanding, they turned out well. But NOT as smooth or professional as when I thin my paint with a little water!!!
Thinning paint is the simplest and easiest thing in the world to do. And it makes SUCH a difference.
I’m sharing because for those of you just starting out, I don’t want you to feel intimidated like I was. If you can turn on a tap and use a stir stick – you’re already a paint thinning master! 😉
Benefits of Thinning Paint
- Smoother finish when spraying OR brushing
- Saves money extends paint
- No brush strokes because the paint doesn’t dry as fast
- Creates a professional spray paint finish
STEP #1 – Mix Paint
STEP #2 – Add 10-15% Water To Thin
Using a separate container large enough to hold all the paint, start by adding 10% tap water. I usually mix my paint/water mixture in a Dixie Belle Paint container. It’s best to start with a smaller amount of water. You can always add more. 10-15% ratio is a good amount for thinning. Add any more and the paint may not adhere or cover your piece properly.
STEP #3 – Mix Thoroughly
STEP #4 – Test
Thicker paints often cling to the stir stick and ‘droop and gloop’ off the end – like this pic below.
The best way I can describe the consistency I like best is when it behaves like a creamy melted milkshake. I use my stir stick as a gage. If it runs off the corner of my stir stick in a continuous stream, it’s thick enough for great coverage yet thin enough for a sprayer or a brush. The paint still has body but is much thinner than the pic above.
STEP #5 – Paint
I used my spray gun for this project but a thinned down paint works just as well when brushing on. Here are some more tips on getting a brushstroke free finish when using a brush.
And now for some FURNITURE FIXER UPPER FUN!
I know you’re going to LOVE what this creative team of ladies do. Below are their BEFORE photos – visit the links underneath to see the amazing AFTERS and to learn how they did it! I’m heading over to take a peek right now myself!
5. Salvaged Inspirations (so happy you’re here!)
LET ME KNOW WHAT YOU THINK OF THIS MAKEOVER… OR FEEL FREE TO ASK ANY QUESTIONS YOU MAY HAVE. I ALWAYS LOVE HEARING FROM YOU. IT MAKES MY DAY! 😊
Happy furniture painting my friends!
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