In this guide we’ll look at the best furniture paints.
We’ve compared tin size, coverage per litre, average coats needed and cost
to give you our top recommendations.

What is the Best Furniture Paint?

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  • Tin size: 0.5 litres
  • Coverage per litre: 13 m²
  • No. of coats: 2
  • Tin size: 1 litre
  • Coverage per litre: 15 m²
  • No. of coats: 2
  • Tin size: 0.75 litres
  • Coverage per litre: 12 m²
  • No. of coats: 2
  • Tin size: 0.25 litres
  • Coverage per litre: 12 m²
  • No. of coats: 1
  • Tin size: 0.75 litres
  • Coverage per litre: 15 m²
  • No. of coats: 1
  • Tin size: 0.75 litres
  • Coverage per litre: 13 m²
  • No. of coats: 1
  • Tin size: 1 litre
  • Coverage per litre: 8-13 m²
  • No. of coats: 1-2

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Rustins Chalky Finish Furniture Paint

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  • Tin size: 0.5 litres
  • Coverage per litre: 13 m²
  • No. of coats: 2
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Rustins Chalky Finish Furniture Paint Review

Rustins have been producing some of the best paint for furniture since they opened their first shop in Shoreditch, London, back in 1924. We were keen to get our hands on their speciality chalky finish paint in glorious Georgian grey, and test it out by bringing some shabby chic furniture back to life.

We really like that it contains real wax which means it dries to a velvety flat matt finish, and will paint on to most finishes with minimal preparation. This will save you time and effort, and leave you with the best finish for pine table tops on this list.

Hemway Chalk Paint - Matt Finish Wall and Furniture Paint

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  • Tin size: 1 litre
  • Coverage per litre: 15 m²
  • No. of coats: 2
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Hemway Chalk Paint - Matt Finish Wall and Furniture Paint Review

Hemway are an innovative company that create some of the best chalk paint for furniture, and are otherwise famous for their line of glitter infused varnishes, grouts and paint additives.

We took a closer look at their matt finish chalk paint, and were really impressed with the finish we got from just two coats on a piece of furniture. By applying it with criss-cross pattern, there were no streaks or uneven patches, just a smooth finish and excellent coverage. We think it leaves the best finish for pine table tops on this list.

Johnstones Revive Cupboard Paint

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  • Tin size: 0.75 litres
  • Coverage per litre: 12 m²
  • No. of coats: 2
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Johnstones Revive Cupboard Paint Review

We can’t write a list of the best paint for furniture and not include Johnstone’s. Established back in 1890, they produce a dizzying range of paints for every surface in thousands of different colours. We got our hands on a tin of their Revive Cupboard paint and put it through its paces.

You don’t need an undercoat to transform your cupboards, simply clean them with sugar soap and paint on two coats. It’s touch-dry in an hour, and our choice for best furniture paint for the UK market in this price range.

Shabby Chic Chalk Based Furniture Paint

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  • Tin size: 0.25 litres
  • Coverage per litre: 12 m²
  • No. of coats: 1
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Shabby Chic Chalk Based Furniture Paint Review

The Rainbow Chalk Company have created liquid chalk products since 1994 and produce water-based, non-toxic inks and paints in their Essex facility. We got hold of a tin of their Shabby Chic furniture paint and tested it out.

There are 37 chalk paint colours to choose from, but we like the antique bronze furniture paint the most. It’s the best paint for wooden furniture when you want to add a touch of class to a tired chair or table, and it has a satisfying thick consistency, even though it’s fully water-based.

Cuprinol Garden Furniture Stain Exterior Woodcare

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  • Tin size: 0.75 litres
  • Coverage per litre: 15 m²
  • No. of coats: 1
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Cuprinol Garden Furniture Stain Exterior Woodcare Review

One of the UK’s best known brands of paints, stains and treatments, Cuprinol know more than a thing or two about what makes the best finish for pine table tops and other outdoor furniture. They produce an excellent range of products, so we were excited to try out their teak furniture stain.

Providing a rich water-based colour to either soft or hard woods, the 5158524 garden furniture stain also gives your outside chairs and tables a waterproof barrier to keep them looking great for years to come. It’s easily the best paint for garden furniture that they make.

Rust-Oleum Smooth Touch Flat Matt Furniture Paint

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  • Tin size: 0.75 litres
  • Coverage per litre: 13 m²
  • No. of coats: 1
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Rust-Oleum Smooth Touch Flat Matt Furniture Paint Review

Specialist protective paint brand Rust-Oleum made their name by creating hard-wearing paints for ships that would stand up to the harsh conditions at sea. We knew they would come up with a tough chalk paint, so it made sense to test out their chalky finish furniture paint.

We really got on with the consistency, it wasn’t too thick but it wasn’t like trying to paint with white water either. It might not be suitable for outdoor use, but it’s the best chalk paint for furniture that Rust-Oleum produce, and gives excellent results.

GraceMary Chalk Paint for Furniture

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  • Tin size: 1 litre
  • Coverage per litre: 8-13 m²
  • No. of coats: 1-2
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GraceMary Chalk Paint for Furniture Review

Conjured up by the sea on Portland in sunny Dorst, GraceMary are a family business that are committed to creating some of the best paint for painting furniture in the UK. Made with fine ingredients and more than 40% chalk in each tin, we were excited to try out a tin of their Driftwood colour chalk & clay paint.

We really like the thick texture of this paint, a little goes a long way, and it dries nice and quickly too. It doesn’t contain lots of nasty chemicals so there’s no strong odour, and it has pretty good green credentials as well. It’s the best for pine furniture when you need to upcycle a tired cabinet into something special.

Conclusion

One of the most effective ways to breathe new life into tired old furniture is by giving it a new lick of paint. Whether it’s chic chalk paint or outdoor furniture stain, the best paint for painting furniture will protect it from the elements as well as add a bit of colourful character. We had to choose a winner from this stellar line-up of the best furniture paints, and this time it’s Rustins Chalky Finish Speciality paint. The finish was smooth and luxurious, and the paint goes a long way.

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