Behind the Scenes of a Furniture Painter

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Have you ever looked at all the beautifully painted furniture on Pinterest and think, that furniture painter must have a magic paintbrush? Everything they touch seems to turn to gold. HA! Let’s just be real. Right here, right now. There are times I admit it just seems to flow with designs and colors. And then there was this day! *insert music from psycho here* I was so close to burning this sucker.

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I’d love nothing more to tell you the step by step how I got to the finish line, but the truth is… I never want to run this race again! Seriously, I went through three finishes before I settled on this one. Yep, I settled. I think most furniture artists would agree that they don’t love everything they do. We are our worst critics. I had just never been this close to literally burning a piece of furniture.

Behind the Scenes of a Furniture Painter. The before!Although any paint would be welcome on this chest, it still has to be right with the artist… me! 

First Attempt

Behind the scenes I secretly wanted to burn it! Secrets of a furniture painter. Being a furniture painter means that we don't always get what we are expecting from a finished piece. Which was… eh okay. It would have been better had I not during midstream decided ( the second attempt) that it needed a drippy finish and totally screwed it up. The above picture was the amended version. You can see where the paint had run and I couldn’t fix it at that point. So, I went to bed hoping I would dream of the perfect idea. Just sleeping on it sometimes fixes everything.

 Last Attempt

It's taking shape but still uncertain of how it will turn out. Trust the process.Well, the next morning I was up early and anxious to fix this hot mess I had created. Color on top of color, on top of color, on top of color… you get the jist. It just seemed to be getting worse, not better.

Mini-mental breakdown… I had to revert to calling my best friend for advice. Ha! A lot of good that did. She was like, “what’s wrong with it?” Gaaaah! I was so frustrated. I should have known that she wouldn’t see my vision. Furniture painters see things no one else does. We’re weird that way. They call it creative.

Extreme measures were needed here. What do you do when all else fails? You grab your Orbital sander and start over. This is not the way I had envisioned this piece.

Extreme Measures Win

It turned better than I ever thought it would. The moral of the story is, trust the process. Shortly after sanding the whole piece down, it started taking on a whole new look. I kinda liked it. I changed the green to blue and added the copper leaf to the handles. A copper gilding wax was added to the drawers as well. It had that beachy vibe.


Behind the Scenes of a Furniture PainterNot my usual style, but it was better than burning it. Hey, did you notice the feet I added? Wanna see how I did that? Hop on over to How I Made Furniture Feet with Wood Finials for a full tutorial!

Thank you so much for stopping by. Now you know the good, bad and the ugly of a furniture painter’s life. 🙂

Until the next project…