The furniture you are updating will determine the paint you use.
• Stain – Wood stains are an ever-popular choice to update furniture and come in a variety of hues, from cherry red to dark espresso. Stains are best on wood surfaces.
• Spray paint – Spray paint is a great option for furniture with details or lots of curves, nooks and crannies. You can choose various colors and finishes, include matte, satin or metallic finishes. Spray paint is great for various materials, such as metal, wicker or wood.
• Chalk paint – Chalk paint is becoming increasingly popular. Very little prep work is required, and chalk paint (plus a finishing wax) gives furniture a nice antique look. True to its name, chalk paint provides a matte, chalky finish on your furniture, and it comes in a variety of colors.
• Latex – You can buy latex paint in a wide variety of colors from many hardware stores, allowing you to choose a vibrant color or a specific shade. Latex paints offer a variety of finishes, from a shiny satin to a flat matte.
• Acrylic – Acrylics are available at craft stores and work for many different pieces of furniture, making it an almost universal option.
• Fabric medium – Fabric medium is mixed with an acrylic or latex paint for painting upholstered furniture.
When deciding between paint, make sure you consider the final look you are going for, the amount of work you’re willing to put into the piece, and the material you are working with.