My Top 5 tips for super smooth furniture painting!

    Top tips for furniture painting with Done up North


Have you struggled with brush marks or unwanted texture on your furniture painting projects? Maybe you're just not sure where you're going wrong? Maybe it's nearly perfect but not quite how you'd like it to be?

Or perhaps you're actually putting it off completely because you don't want to mess it up!

I've been there and I know how frustrating it can be.  It can totally take all the enjoyment out of painting when you feel you are battling to get the finish you want or daunted to even start!

1. Always use a synthetic brush

    For water-based paints always choose synthetic brushes. Synthetic filaments are far softer and finer than bristles of natural brushes and, as lovely as they are, natural bristle brushes WILL leave more texture in your painted surface. 

    2. Use the right size brush for the surface

    In order to keep the brushstrokes to a minimum you literally need to do less passes of the brush so that means the larger the area, the larger the brush. Conversely, using too large a brush for a small area will make it hard to smooth the paint down nicely. I show you the brushes I use in my Furniture Painting video as well as the Roller and Laying off method I use for large, flat surfaces.

    3. Apply the paint thinly and don't brush over it too much
    Don’t worry about being able to see through your first or even second coat, always apply in thin coats and build up in layers once each is dry. Don’t be tempted to try and cover in one coat or add more over drying paint or brush over it too many times as you are more likely to create brush marks. If you choose a paint like Fusion Mineral Paint it will level out on drying much better too!

    4. Lightly sand between coats
    Rub over after each coat with a synthetic sanding pad to remove any little gritty bits and smooth out any unevenness in the painting before painting the next one. Remove the sanding dust before painting the next layer

    5. Don’t paint when it’s warm

    This includes in warm centrally heated houses as much as sunny weather. Painting at anything over 20c (68f) means the paint will dry much quicker and that can mean more visible strokes as you try to apply the rapidly drying paint. 

    Want more? 

    Painting furniture with Done up North video

    If you’d like to learn in more detail how I get a super smooth finish and what tools and techniques I use as well as loads of my painting tips check out my   Painting Furniture video!

    I also do face-to-face workshops either in groups or 1-to-1 if you want to come & learn with me! 
    Check out my Upcoming workshops

    If you would like any a little advice with your furniture painting projects just drop me a line at

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