10 Biggest Furniture Painting Mistakes (and How to Avoid and Fix Them!) – Thrift Diving

10 Biggest Furniture Painting Mistakes (and How to Avoid and Fix Them!) – Thrift Diving

Got paint drips or chips in your furniture paint? Is your white paint turning yellow? And why in the world does your chalk paint look so crappy and spotty?! Whether you’re new to painting furniture or you’ve been in the game for a while, painting mistakes and problems happen to all of us. Well, this video will help you to avoid making the 10 most common furniture painting mistakes, as well as to understand what is happening. And if you DO make a mistake, learn how to easily fix it. Jump around using these helpful timestamps below!


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0:00 – Intro
0:39 – Mistake #1: Paint Drips and Runs
5:07 – Mistake #2: Brush Strokes
7:57 – Mistake #3: Old Stain Bleeding Through
9:26 – Mistake #4: Chipped Paint
11:34 – Mistake #5: Peeling Paint
13:19 – Mistake #6: White Paint is Turning Yellow
14:58 – Mistake #7: Missing Spots
15:30 – Mistake #8: Paint Looks Spotty (Poor Coverage)
16:12 – Mistake #9: Wet Paint is Getting Dirty
16:50 – Mistake #10: Chose the Wrong Color
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  1. Angie Marie on May 22, 2022 at 7:44 pm

    I found that when removing painters tape, use a hairdryer on a medium heat for a few seconds & it softens the glue on the tape & i’m less likely to remove paint with it. Can work on stickers too when the kids stuck them to their bedroom furniture.

  2. Ninja Geiger on May 22, 2022 at 7:44 pm

    Thank you very much, I got a lot of new information that I will immediately use 🙂 by the way I like the color/style you choose for your husbands desk a lot!

  3. Tammy Seale on May 22, 2022 at 7:46 pm

    If you use oil based poly, it will yellow; however, you can use water based poly with no problems.

  4. Don McClelland on May 22, 2022 at 7:50 pm

    This video probably saved my project. I was thinking I should poly over my white paint for protection but I didn’t think about yellowing.

  5. Argus Fleibeit on May 22, 2022 at 7:51 pm

    Why does nobody seem to know about Painter’s Touch Clear Latex Gloss by Rustoleum"? It’s so much better than Polycrylic, less fumes and does not yellow. It’s sort of like latex paint without pigment added, and dries to a nice hard shine. I wish it was more widely available, I can only get it at Home Depot. Is not aerosol, it brushes on and comes in quart can.

  6. Lauren Ruiz on May 22, 2022 at 7:51 pm

    This video was amazing. Very helpful and I was entertained all the way through. The timing, the pacing, the editing—thank you!!

  7. ExpatMousse on May 22, 2022 at 7:52 pm

    Very helpful for this newbie here👍🏻 thx loads

  8. Fitz Magic on May 22, 2022 at 7:52 pm

    So, I painted a metal chest, vintage Black and Gold Hardware metal chest. I painted it navy blue and it is dry now as it is just about 30 days but when I wipe it with the tissue or napkin I still get blue on the tissue and napkin? Does this mean it is still not cured? Or is there another issue. I don’t see any chipping with the paint. It is relatively smooth I just don’t know why this extra residue is coming off onto the napkin. I want to use it in my living room but I want to know that it’s 100% dry and able to be wiped down

  9. Surbhi Bansal on May 22, 2022 at 7:52 pm

    Hi mam,

    I am doing some DIY work for my house. I am using acrylic colour on pine wood items. But finishing is not coming out that great.
    I have seen online that water based latex paints or oil based enamel paints can also be used for the same. But I am not sure. Can you please help me out. Thanks in advance.

  10. Alex Kumari on May 22, 2022 at 7:53 pm

    Do you water down Fusion? Because you use a paint gun or even when you use a brush? TIA

  11. Nisrine Mansour on May 22, 2022 at 7:54 pm

    Life saving! Struggling with paint drips on wooden door. You solved it so nicely!

  12. Stacy Kellow on May 22, 2022 at 7:54 pm

    Thank you for so many valuable tips for furniture painting. You just made my life a LOT easier! I am so glad that I subscribed to your channel. A painting trick I like to use is to put my furniture pieces on four bricks (one per leg) so I can reach the lowest part of the leg all the way down…not under the foot, just right up to it.

  13. Elise Vautour on May 22, 2022 at 7:56 pm

    Hi Serena. Thanks for sharing this list. Great info. 🌞

  14. Tracey Dmytruk on May 22, 2022 at 7:58 pm

    I forgot to prime before painting my sons bunk bed 🙁 I do not want to have to sand the whole thing back down and start over do you have any suggestion on how to seal it so it won’t chip ?? a specific spray sealer or something?

  15. DivinelyBlessedK on May 22, 2022 at 7:58 pm

    New subbie! What’s your favorite brand of paint to use when painting your furniture? Thanks 😊

  16. Taleighsha Cinto on May 22, 2022 at 7:59 pm

    So I had some Folk Art primer and chalk paint. Ended up with cracks in my paint. Im going to sand the whole thing off and start over with a different primer. Idk what I did wrong. That primer is for wood, ceramic, glass etc.

  17. Miss Harmz on May 22, 2022 at 8:00 pm

    Hi I just made the mistake of not sanding and priming a desk, ive painted two coats of paint and noticed as soon as my fingernail touched it the paint came off. Helppp!! Will a top coat fix this or do I have to sand it allllllll off and start all over again?

  18. Felicia Ramos on May 22, 2022 at 8:01 pm

    I’m Fairly new to this but these tips were absolutely amazing and helpful. Thank you so much. I need all the tips I can get. I’m redoing furniture for my teenage daughters bedroom as a surprise for her when she gets home from her summer trip. I’m so nervous. I hope it all comes out. I’m redoing a jewelry armoire, make up vanity and dresser that I picked up at yard sales. Wish me luck. Thanks again for the great tips

  19. Debbie Alderson on May 22, 2022 at 8:05 pm

    Great tips! I have never painted furniture. I have a round side table that was my grandfather’s. The top was damaged by rain by an open window years ago when my mother had it. I want to paint it for out on our lanai. These tips will help. Thank you!

  20. Whistle Bird Productions on May 22, 2022 at 8:07 pm

    Thank you!

  21. Glori B. Art on May 22, 2022 at 8:08 pm

    Stopping by to say i love your cadence and channel!

  22. sarah mcclain on May 22, 2022 at 8:10 pm

    thank you!. I have my answer. chip brush bad other brush good

  23. Kemba Vick on May 22, 2022 at 8:10 pm

    Any suggestions on leather furniture paint job. The paint cracked soon as we sat on it.

  24. maryam sharif on May 22, 2022 at 8:11 pm

    I am doing all the mistakes I mentioned 🤣🤣🤣

  25. MegaHotdiggity on May 22, 2022 at 8:12 pm

    Uhoh. I had heard that polyurethane, but not polyacrylic, would turn white paint yellow..

  26. Jessica King on May 22, 2022 at 8:13 pm

    That was such a helpful video! Thank you so much!

  27. James Fraser on May 22, 2022 at 8:14 pm

    Very helpful

  28. thenetherfield on May 22, 2022 at 8:16 pm

    Thank you for this guide, very useful. 🙂

  29. Never Mind on May 22, 2022 at 8:16 pm

    Awesome.. Subscribed.. ☺️

    Also plz throw some knowledge on he to paint fr beginners..

  30. julei burress on May 22, 2022 at 8:17 pm

    Ok so there’s plenty of videos about stripping paint from old furniture. What about stripping paint from brand new furniture? I found some Acadia wood Adirondack chairs marked down from $80 each to $20! Unfortunately they’re turquoise 🙄 How do I remove the paint? They’re brand new, I havnt even put them together yet. Thanks for any help!

  31. Thrift Diving on May 22, 2022 at 8:18 pm

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  32. Myra Gold on May 22, 2022 at 8:20 pm

    I love the tent idea, I will definitely copy it 👏❤️

  33. Brea Linn on May 22, 2022 at 8:20 pm

    OMG, Thank You!! ♥️♥️

  34. T. Terrell on May 22, 2022 at 8:21 pm

    Also, for furniture diy is it better to use a brush or roller? The roller I used during my project seemed to contribute to the dripping so I was wondering if one method is better than the other. Can I sand over the spray paint after a bad paint job that’s already dried where there’s a lot of dripping and if so, what grit? Thank you!

  35. R.C. Miller on May 22, 2022 at 8:24 pm

    Great video. Very informative.

  36. R.C. Miller on May 22, 2022 at 8:24 pm

    So polycrylic turns yellow? I’ve seen it recused and recommended by numerous furniture painters.

  37. Nicholine Charles on May 22, 2022 at 8:26 pm

    This was very helpful. Very practical advice. I have had all these issues!!!

  38. T. Terrell on May 22, 2022 at 8:28 pm

    Can anyone offer a few suggestions? I bought an ikea Kallax shelf and it was brown. Went to Lowe’s to try a chalk paint project but was talked out of it by someone in paint dept.😩🤔🙄ended up with yellow cabinet paint which wouldn’t properly adhere although she told me I wouldn’t need to prime due to the type of paint😩. The paint job was awful with lots of drips and other stuff and I went back to complain due to the fact that now my shelf was ruined. Manager was nice enough to get me different products to try and fix however once I went back with the items he suggested the shelf is done but has many paint mistakes and drips. I live in a small apartment and this one project took over a week to complete and way more funds than I anticipated just to get things straight and I’d say I should have just left it as is and added wallpaper because I can’t keep repainting and I don’t want to sand back down to repaint because I had to spray paint the second time around. Does anyone know of a quick way to camouflage or conceal the drips and scratches that resulted from final paint job? Maybe some decoupage or gold gilding to hide the imperfections? I was really excited to diy some small pieces but then was a blow to my ego, and now I hesitate to try another project. I thought it would be fun and relaxing because I like art, but I just ended up frustrated and angry that I got bad advice from who I assumed would be knowledgeable and it ultimately cost me the shelf itself plus money to try and fix it. Suggestions for people doing diy in apartments with limited space and other restrictions that homeowners don’t have? Thanks in advance.

  39. Marion Mills on May 22, 2022 at 8:28 pm

    Great teaching explanation , I was engaged into the tone of your voice and I didn`t skip through. Nice tips!!!

  40. Dania Reyes on May 22, 2022 at 8:29 pm

    Thank you! Your valuable information will help me with my project. Never painted wood furniture before.

  41. nidhi panwar on May 22, 2022 at 8:30 pm

    Thank you 👍🏻🥰😍

  42. Derk Hedemann on May 22, 2022 at 8:30 pm

    if you add water to the paint, it is easier to spread, but the quality of the paint will deteriorate.
    the paint is made in such a way that you do not have to add water or other thinner.

  43. Baby Cakes on May 22, 2022 at 8:34 pm

    I just painted a piece of furniture with off white color. I wanted to buy the Polycrylic to seal it. Good that you mentioned the yellowing. What do I seal with though?

  44. Gyr Turshen on May 22, 2022 at 8:36 pm

    Thanks, I learned a lot. Just starting out with upgrading all my hand- me -down furniture

  45. Stephen Bell on May 22, 2022 at 8:36 pm

    Solid advice.

  46. andrew willis on May 22, 2022 at 8:37 pm

    If waterborne paint or primer needs thinning, never use water as it also reduces the chemical bonding agents that are in these products.
    Use either flotrol or XIM latex extender. Both thin paint, add open dry time for easier use and do not diminish from the bonding aspect on your surfaces.

  47. Giselle Villa on May 22, 2022 at 8:38 pm

    Hi so I made the mistake of getting paint that had a matte finish for my dining table. I’ve heard it’s super hard to clean off smudges. So my question is can I add like a sealer to my dining table that will make cleaning easier or is there a way to clean off smudges off of matte paint

  48. Eden Spritzer on May 22, 2022 at 8:39 pm

    Great video. Clear intro and summary, no annoying background music, good close-ups, nicely paced. Perfect. And really useful! Thanks.

  49. Pamela Crawford on May 22, 2022 at 8:40 pm

    If I painted something and didn’t sand or prime first can I go over it with a primer after it dries and then paint again.

  50. LIfe Giving Nook on May 22, 2022 at 8:43 pm

    I just started painting on Saturday. You covered my problems. Thank you.