Are you unsure which paint to use on your furniture, home decor or DIY project? I have complied a comprehensive paint comparison of decorative, DIY and furniture paints that I have tried; including their containers, easy of use and their cost. Please note that all comments and reviews are my own and in some instances product was supplied by the paint company to test and review.
Home Decor Paint ComparisonA comparison of different home decor paint brands that I have used and how they measure up.
|Paint Brand||Examples of pieces that I have painted with this brand||Favourite Quality||Least Favourite Quality||Paint Consistency||Ideal For||Typical Number of Coats||Container||Easy of Use||Price||Ease of Distressing||Colour Palette||Other products available in the line||Website|
|Annie Sloan Chalk|
|Making Over Mid-Century Modern Night Stands||ease of use||price||quite thick||furniture painting, decor, outdoor furniture, DIY projects||1-2 depending on the colour||the paint comes in typical paint cans but they become rusty around the rim quite quickly unless you take care to completely clean them after each use||very easy to use||****|
$15 (4 oz sample)
|very easy||neutrals and muted European colours with a few bright ones||yes; brushes, stencils, top coat, wax,||Annie Sloan|
|Country Chic Paint||The Classic Beauty of Silver and Blue||they consistently add new colours to their line||I really don't have one... except that there are no local shops 🙁||not too thin, not too thick||furniture painting, detail painting, home decor, DIY projects||2||typical paint cans||easy to use||****|
$10 (4 oz sample)
|easy||a very wide variety of bright and saturated colours||yes; many different finishing products, waxes, top coat||Country Chic Paint|
|Fusion Mineral Paint||A Before and After With Fusion Mineral Paint in Sterling||the top coat is built in to their standard line||sample sizes are so small you can't do much with them||a thin paint||furniture painting, detail painting like words, DIY projects, painting metal||2||containers are plastic and have a small mouth opening so only thin brushes will fit and can be very hard to open if you forget to wipe them after each use and the paint dries on the lids/rims||easy to use||***|
$4.50 (1.25 oz sample)
|fairly easy||Canadiana palate and names, neutrals plus beautiful colours||yes; stencils, brushes, brush soap (my favourite!)||Fusion Mineral Paint|
|Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint||A Vintage Dresser and Milk Paint||it's chippy effect and that it truly looks like an antique paint||having to mix it yourself each time!!!||usually thin but you can change the consistency because you prepare it||furniture painting, DIY projects,||2-3 depending on how opaque you want it||comes in a pouch so you have to mix yourself and the pouches are quite hard to reseal so I pour the mix into glass jars to store||takes some getting used too||**|
$22 (makes about one quart)
|very easy - my favourite for distressing!||soft, antique colours||yes; hemp oil, natural bees wax, distressing wax puck,||Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint|
|General Finishes ||A Fresh Start… With General Finishes Chalk Style Paint||nice thick paint that covers well||looks like a latex paint so is not quite as chalky looking||thick||furniture painting, DIY projects, home decor||2||typical paint can||very easy to use||not currently for sale in Canada around me so I am not sure||distresses nicely but like a latex so show the additional colours used in the mix||lovely bright colours||yes; stains, finishes, other paint lines||General Finishes Chalk Style Paint|
|General Finishes Milk Paint||General Finishes Milk Paint on Metal||thick paint that covers well||not a true milk paint; is actually a latex||thick||furniture painting, painting metal||2||typical paint can||very easy to use||*** |
Approximately $33.50 (quart)
|fairly easy but must be done soon after paint dries or becomes harder to distress nicely||traditional milk paint/antique colours||yes; stains, other paints lines, finishing products||General Finishes Milk Paint|
|DecoArt Chalky Finish ||Making a Statement with DecoArt Paint||wide variety of colours that work well together||packaging - looks cheap and is in plastic containers||thick||furniture painting, home decor, DIY projects||2-3 depending on colour||plastic container with a wide mouth which makes it easy to dip your brush into||easy||not sure as it is not available around me in Canada||not sure as I have not distressed a piece with this paint yet||bright and neutral colours||yes; craft paints||DecoArt Chalky Finish|
|Old Fashioned Milk Paint||A Farmhouse Cabinet||traditional colours||I found I needed quite a bit of paint for a piece of furniture||thick but since it is a milk paint that you mix yourself, you can change up the consistency||old furniture that you want an authentic colour scheme for||2||paper sack - you mix it yourself||takes some getting used to||***||very easy||beautiful traditional and historically acurate furniture colours||yes, a few||Old Fashioned Milk Paint|
|Homestead House Paint ||Painting a Dining Room Table||creamy and smooth for a milk paint||nothing really...||you can customize it to your liking and project||furniture, raw wood||3-4 depending on how dark and what is being painted||pouch - you have to mix the paint yourself||takes some getting used to like all milk paint||***||very easy||a huge range of traditional and contemporary colours||yes, hemp oil, bonding agent||Homestead House Paint Co.|
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