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Painting Furniture With Latex Paint | Grey Tweed Hutch

In this post: How to paint furniture with latex paint!

Contrary to popular belief, you do NOT need fancy paint to give furniture a makeover. Turns out you can totally just paint it with regular (quality) latex paint!

how to paint furniture with latex paint

Life is always busy, but one of the projects we managed to squeeze in recently was the grey tweed hutch in the dining room.

grey tweed hutch

I’ve missed the hutch from our old house’s dining room, but have been making do with the very first cupboard that Dean made many years ago. It is pretty but doesn’t quite hold everything I needed it to in the dining room. As a result, there were a lot of platters, etc. taking up space in kitchen cupboards and all of the vases were up so high I couldn’t reach them without help.

sheet music wreath

Over the last couple of months, several times a week, I’d pop onto kijiji (like Craigslist if you’ve never heard of it) and do a quick search for a hutch in our area. I really didn’t want to spend any much money at all. Even the $150-200 hutches were more than I wanted to spend. So when I saw the now-grey one above for $50 I was thrilled!

Some of you may have clicked over to Instagram from the tour post this week to see the before of our little grey tweed hutch. But for those of you that didn’t, here’s what the hutch looked like when we brought it home:

grey hutch before

I loved the shape and size of the hutch, but I was honestly a little nervous once we brought it into the dining room.

It was SO shiny!

And not entirely solid wood. Not melamine though, more like stained pressboard. Eek!

And since I was really limited on time and resources, there was no milk paint or chalk paint in this hutch’s future.

Wait. What? No using the fancy blogger paints?  

Nope, I bought flat latex paint.


Now let me say I have nothing against milk paint or chalk paint or any other special paint. I’ve used them and like them just fine. I just don’t have a good source near me with decent business hours, and I had no time to wait for shipping. Plus spending $40+ on one quart of paint just wasn’t in the budget this time, especially when I really wanted to use TWO different colors.

gray hutch corner detail

Let me also say that for those of you with limited resources and no milk/chalk paint supplier near you – YOU CAN PAINT FURNITURE WITH REGULAR LATEX PAINT AND HAVE IT TURN OUT BEAUTIFULLY!

painting furniture with latex paint

Painting Furniture with Latex Paint

painting furniture with latex paint


  • sander and sandpaper
  • lint-free rag/tack cloth
  • flat paint (I used the Duration line by Sherwin Williams)
  • quality brush (like Purdy)
  • furniture beeswax (I used Miss Mustard Seed beeswax I had on hand) or finishing paste (like Minwax)
  • clean cloth
  • painter’s tape is optional (I used FrogTape on the glass)

christmas decorated hutch bottle brush trees snow


  1. Sand well. You don’t have to sand down to bare wood or anything. Just get the shine off.
  2. Wipe off dust. Get rid of all the dust you just sanded off.
  3. Paint with a quality brush and FLAT PAINT. Let dry.
  4. Repeat Step 3.
  5. Optional: Distress edges if desired using sandpaper.
  6. Wax or finish with finishing paste and a clean cloth. I used Miss Mustard Seed’s Furniture Wax and Antiquing Wax because I really like it and had some on hand. But you could (and I have) use Mixwax’s Finishing Paste in Regular and Dark, which are fabulous too.

embroidery hoop ornament detail


  • I used a good quality paint from a line called Duration at Sherwin Williams – it’s wipeable and durable.
  • Use FLAT paint!
  • Be sure to test other “paint and primer in ones”.  A lot of them are more like thick, gloppy paint. Which means they won’t go on well and won’t go as far.
  • Use clear wax/paste first and then use the darker was/paste on top. If you end up with a look that’s too dark add some more clear wax and buff off some of the darkness.
  • I loved the shape of the handles and knobs on the original hutch, but the color wasn’t right after painting the hutch. So I used some Rub ‘n Buff in Pewter and voila, beautiful “new” handles!
  • Oh and because I know you’re all curious, the paint color of the outside of the hutch is Grey Tweed (a CIL color matched at Sherwin Williams) and the inside is Stratosphere (also a CIL color matched at Sherwin Williams), both of which coordinate well with the wall color (Analytical Gray, by SW) and the finish on the farmhouse table.

grey hutch handle knob detail

We’re pretty happy with the new hutch.

Okay, I totally LOVE it and could sit and stare at it all day!

I try really hard not to. Honest.

But if Dean asks you why dinner isn’t ready, don’t tell him it’s because of the hutch. 🙂

Another latex project

Years after we did this makeover, we refinished another piece with latex paint. Here’s how the Facebook Marketplace find turned out:

dining room buffet farmhouse table

grey hutch sheet music wreath chandelier

Have you ever painted furniture with latex paint? Have you tried milk paint or chalk paint? Have you found any good thrifty finds lately?

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