How to paint furniture using Wise Owl Paint

Hey guys, I’m so exciting to share more about Wise Owl paint with you all. It is my go to paint for all my furniture painting. The coverage is amazing, there’s no harsh smell, and the best part, for me at least, it’s eco-friendly! Click here to read more on why I love Wise Owl Chalk Synthesis Paint.

Growing up I loved watching my dad in the wood shop building a piece of furniture. Or refinishing a piece back to its original beauty. So I’m no stranger to furniture. I was however a stranger to chalk paint. Up until a couple of years ago I had no idea what chalk paint was or how amazing it was. Once I tried it, I was hooked. I couldn’t believe how easy and versatile it is. I tried a bunch of different brands and Wise owl is by far the best one I’ve used.
So I thought I’d walk you through the steps of how to paint a piece of furniture with wise owl paint.

1. Select your color

Wise owl has amazing colors. And the coverage is like none I’ve ever seen before. It glides on smoothly and because its eco-friendly, there are no harmful or stinky smells. And if you can’t find a color you envision for your piece of furniture, Wise Owl blends beautifully together. Whether you want to make a whole new color or blend multiple colors together for a layered look, Wise Owl has you covered.Wise Owl Color chart

2. You need a good quality paint brush

I swear by cling on brushes. The S50 is my absolute favorite. I love the small handle.

Matte varnish from Wise Owl
The Best Brush ever!

3. Clean your piece of furniture.

Do not skip this step!!!  There isn’t much prep involved when using chalk paint, but your piece must be free of dirt and grime. Depending on the piece, I’ve used multiple cleaning methods, simple vinegar and water, or soap and water, and I’ve even used Lysol wipes. It is not necessary to sand your piece. Wise Owl paint will adhere to it. I’ve used it on glass, ceramic, laminate, and even canvas with no problem. Let your piece dry completely before you start painting.

4.Fill any holes or scratches

Wood filler and a putty knife are all you need for this step. My favorite wood filler is Elmers color change wood filler. It goes on pink and dries white so you know when it’s completely dry and ready to sand. I use 220 grit sand paper to sand the surface smooth once the filler is dry. (if your piece doesn’t have any holes or imperfections, you get to skip this step!) Once sanded, run your hand over the surface you filled. You shouldn’t be able to feel where you patched, if you can still feel the imperfections you may need to fill some more and sand again until you get a smooth surface.

5 to prime or not to prime.

There are instances where you always want to prime. And some instances where it isn’t necessary. If you are painting a piece white, you most certainly always want to prime or shellac. I prefer shellac over primer. Just my personal preference, no other reason behind it. I’ve just had better results with shellac than primer. You want to make sure you use the shellac in a well ventilated area. I prefer the spray version as it dries faster and you can get thinner coats. If I brush it on, I always use a foam brush to apply it. You want to do two to three coats. If spraying, you only need to wait a couple of hours til it’s dry completely as long as you’re doing light thin layers. If you brush it on, I always wait 24 hours between coats or you run the risk of your paint crackling. Some people like the crackle effect, but if you don’t intend for it, it’s a pain to have to sand it off and start all over again. Trust me, been there multiple times. I get impatient lol The shellac helps seal in any odors that cleaning doesn’t get out of the wood and also any tannins from the wood so they don’t bleed through the paint. Tannins naturally occur in wood, especially if it’s a dark mahogany or a cherry. The shellac will keep them from coming through and discoloring your paint.

6 And now we paint!

Like I said, Wise Owl has amazing coverage. Which means you need less coats of paint. Whites and reds usually take more coats than other colors. Your first coat won’t be pretty so don’t panic, it will look much better with your second coat. And since it dries quickly, it won’t take long in between coats. You want to paint in long brush strokes, trying not to raise your brush off the surface and back on again in the middle the piece. Paint from one end to the other in one stroke. Since Wise Owl is self leveling, you won’t get brush strokes, it’s amazing! If you feel your paint is too thick you can always lightly spray your brush with water to thin it out, but I have rarely had to do this with Wise Owl. It really is a perfect paint!

7. Distress (if you want)

I love distressing my pieces. It adds a bit more character, especially if there are a lot of details on the piece to enhance. You can do this with sand paper or a wet lint free cloth. I prefer sandpaper. 220 grit would be perfect but I’ve used 80 and gotten just as good results with less sanding pressure needed. so again its just a preference ..

8. Now you’re ready for your top coat.

Wise Owl matte varnish is my all time favorite top coat. There is a satin finish available as well. But the matte is my go to top coat. It keeps that flat chalk paint finish that I love. You can use the same brush you painted your piece with for the top coat. Just make sure you clean it first. The cling on brushes work well with the top coat.

Matte varnish from Wise Owl
The Best Matte Varnish ever!

Start with a light layer for your first coat. You want to go in one direction and try not to lift your brush off the piece. Let the first coat dry completely, (it doesn’t take long I promise) before you do a second coat. The second coat will ensure you cover any areas the first coat missed. If you’re doing a surface top that gets a lot of usage like a desk or a vanity, I recommend a third coat. The matte varnish is very durable once cured. It leaves a nice smooth durable surface that will last for years.

9 Add your hardware.

You can paint your hardware to match using  Wise Owl paint and the varnish if you’d like, or you can leave it as is. That’s your final step, installing the hardware and you’re all done!

I’d love to see your furniture painted in Wise Owl. Find me on Facebook and Instagram and share your favorite Wise Owl pieces. Here are a few of my pieces.

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7 thoughts on “How to paint furniture using Wise Owl Paint

  1. I love chalk paint but turns out the brand I was using was an acrylic based chalk paint and would leave brush streaks pretty bad. I need to try this brand. I love the buffet you did!

    1. Thank you! The buffet was one of my favs! Wise Owl is mineral based which I love! It’s also self leveling so you don’t get those pesky brush strokes. I can’t say enough good things about this paint, give it a try!

  2. Great post. I have a few items I’ve wanted to redo but I never really have. One is my table which has a laminate top and I didn’t know I could paint over that. Thanks for sharing!

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