Looking for simple DIY paint techniques? Here are seven paint treatments you can use to transform a piece of furniture in a day.

diy paint techniques

I wrote this post for everyone sitting at home wanting to learn something new.

Raise your hand if you have extra time on your hands.

Raise your hand if you have paint and a brush.

Raise your hand if painting something sounds like fun.

Oh, good.

Please come sit by me.

Some of the techniques are easy. Some are harder. Some need a special tool (and if so, I’ll be sure and link to it if you need it).

But you can use all these techniques to transform a piece of furniture in a day.


Oh, good.

Here are 7 DIY paint techniques to try at home.

7 DIY Paint Techniques To Try at Home

q: what faux painting tools do I need?

Most DIY faux painting techniques can be created with simple tools. For most of these projects, you’ll need a brush, paint colors that you want to use and sandpaper. Some techniques are a little more advanced and you may need special tools. For example, for the faux bois technique, you’ll need a special tool and some of the techniques require painter’s tape as well.

q: how to layer paint on wood

Layering paint on wood is all about drying time. Sometimes you will want to blend the paint together and create a mottled finish with your project. Sometimes you want to create individual layers of paint and you’ll need to let each layer dry separately. The key is deciding the type of finish you want to create and then adjusting the drying time for the project.

q: what are some creative painting ideas for walls?

Most of the DIY paint techniques discussed in this post work best on furniture. In addition, here are a few painting ideas for walls.

q: how long do most DIY painted techniques take?

This completely depends on how many layers of paint are required for your project. Most painted techniques require a drying time between at least some of the layers. Depending on drying time, your project can take between 4-8 hours.

diy paint techniques table

1. Crackle finish with glue

If you are looking for DIY paint techniques, this is one of the easiest.

All you need is glue, a brush, sandpaper and paint.

Here’s how to create a distressed farmhouse finish.

diy paint techniques painted table

2. Painted swirl pattern

This was a coffee table that I got at a yardsale for $10.

It needed HELP.

So I saved this table with blue and white paint and a skinny brush.

See my blue lipstick makeover here.

diy paint techniques distressed table

3. How to distress a table

This is one of the very first DIY painting techniques that I ever tried.

It is SO EASY and it makes furniture look like it came over on the Mayflower.

It works best on tables with a slightly raised edge and some decorative features.

You can see how I created this finish here.

diy paint techniques faux runner

4. Faux painted runner

This table was on the back porch at the farmhouse.

I had a table runner on there, but it kept blowing away.

So I painted a faux runner on the table top.

Here’s the DIY on how I created it.

5. Simple DIY paint technique: faux bois tabletop

This is just a fancy way of saying painting a table with faux wood grain.

Doesn’t it sound like it came straight out of Poldark?

It’s one of the more challenging DIY paint techniques, but once you learn how to use the faux wood tool, it gets easier.

You can see the entire DIY here.

6. simple DIY paint technique: how to paint anything to look like wood

Do you have a piece at your house that you want to look like wood?

You can.

It’s a simple combination of different paints and a little brush technique.

See the entire DIY here.

7. How to create the look of inlaid wood

This technique actually uses stain instead of wood, but I wanted to include it because I love this table.

All you need is stain and painter’s tape and a brush.

See the entire DIY here.

I hope this post inspired you to try something new.

Just know I’m here if you have ANY questions—or if you have a paint technique you want to try that I haven’t mentioned.

E-mail me anytime.

I’ll just be here.

At home.

Hanging out with my brush. 🙂

For one more paint technique, here’s a video I just uploaded to my YouTube channel on using Suede paint.

For more videos like this, be sure and follow along with my YouTube channel here.

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  1. Image for Jenn Jenn

    I loved looking through all of the walls you've loved before! I'd say your style has changed a bit over time! I love love love paint...perhaps to my husband's dismay! We have spend a lot of hours painting through the years! It is such a great inexpensive way to transform anything! Great post!

  2. Image for Caroline Howard Caroline Howard

    I just love reading your uplifting posts every day. You're so creative and artistic. I'm never disappointed for inspiration!


    I'm still working-so not having free time...but STILL love all of your ideas. Love that you have done all the short cuts for us!

  4. Image for Nan Nan

    You had me at the mere mention of POLDARK! I'm headed for the can of Amy Howard Bauhaus Buff chalk paint to create a little magic on my childhood scallop-adorned maple chest-on-chest. That is- unless I become tempted to Google the next possible project Aidan Turner will grace. Oh, be still my heart!

  5. Image for Susan Susan

    I have a question. On the lower floors of our home, all the doors, trim, and floorboards are stained. However, upstairs they painted all the doors, trim, and floorboards (white). Is there an easy way to change all the trim upstairs, so they all look or are stained as well?

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