Painting Furniture… or Should I Say Painting Metal?!


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Wondering what chalk type paint can be used on? Well… it will adhere wonderfully to most surfaces. Wood, laminate, formica, glass, ceramic and even metal.  However, a good thing to keep in mind is, while chalky paints will adhere to most surfaces it will not block oil or grease stains on your pieces so be sure to wash your items well before you begin painting.

Painting Metal with American Paint Company Fireworks red

Painting metal is just as easy as painting wood. These stools were purchased for a kitchen bar area.  They’ve seen better days. With a little lovin’ using chalk type paint products they will be looking fabulous in no time.  Remember… the first thing to do is give them a scrubbin’.

Painting metal stool

Then go ahead and start painting. This is a dear friend of mine. The stools are hers, lucky duck! She’s been going through a rough patch of her own lately and when that happens… sometimes all you can do is paint! So as soon as our paint arrived she was at the store with paint brush in hand ready to bust into the new colors. I was excited to see her using red, and all she needed was a sample size amount of paint.

With one sample she was able to finish up both stools and with only one coat on each stool. For added durability, she finished the red on the stools with a poly coat finish.

Painting metal stool

Painting metal stool

Painting metal stool

Painting metal stool

The finished stools look amazing and will add just the right amount of red to her kitchen area.   Great job Sally!!

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  1. Judy Clark says:

    What a transformation that red paint made out of those barstools. Great job!


  2. millie donnell says:

    Wow!! This is such an awesome creativity, I liked these pieces!!

  3. Bungalow 47 says:

    We sealed it with three coats of APC Top Coat Finish. There will be normal wear and tear on the stools (‘natural’ distressing) but the paint will hold up beautifully. Chantelle

  4. How long will that paint hold up with such use? Those stools are great!

  5. Love that red!

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