Favorite Paint & Stain Products

I want to get this out in the open before I begin, that this post is in no way sponsored or affiliated with anyone.  Which means…I was not paid to promote a product, or given it free, in exchange for a review.  These are just a few of my favorite things that I have been using and want to share!

If you don’t already know, my husband and I build farmhouse style furniture.  I have been redoing furniture for many years, but when the pieces became too hard to acquire, the natural transition of building them came about.  So I have used many different products over the years and these are some of my favorite right now!

My favorite stains, hands down, are made by Rustoleum under the product name Varathane and can be found at Home Depot.

Let me just tell you why I love this stain sooooo much!  It is super pigmented, has lightning fast drying time, and you can apply poly over it after an hour!  If you are like me, I don’t like wasting time and try to wrap up my projects quickly.  While I do use oil based stains, you do have to add drying time of AT LEAST 8 hrs…and who has time for that?!

Now let’s talk about polyurethane.  The secret to poly is not over brushing it.  I ALWAYS use my Purdy paint brush to apply my poly,

70b9992a-d8ff-4051-92ec-8f9b32b12b1b_1000but any good quality brush will work.  My poly of choice is Varathane’s satin polyurethane.


It comes in all sheens, but my preference is to use satin (especially on my farmhouse table tops).  I love this poly because it is really hard to mess it up!  Just use even brush strokes, do NOT over brush it, it self levels, you don’t have to sand between coats, AND you can reapply your second coat within a few hours!  So you can literally have a piece finished in 24 hrs. with 3 coats of poly….total win.

Let’s talk about paint.  I have used so many different types of paint over the years that I can’t even begin to list them all…my story is similar to Goldilocks and the Three Bears!  I finally have found some that are just riiiiighhht.  I love BB Frosch chalk paint powder to paint over furniture that is getting a makeover.


The reason why I prefer this product, is because it is a powder that you add to your flat paint.  You read that right….you pick your color and add the powder directly to your sample paint from Home Depot (less than $4 at your local Home Depot at the paint counter) and VOILA!  Best chalk paint ever!!  Just remember that with chalk paint, you have to apply a finishing coat i.e. wax, polycrilic, oil…to seal it.

My paint choice for painting raw wood is Valspar’s furniture paint which can be found at your local Lowe’s Home Improvement in the paint department.  042397609534It used to be sold by the gallon, but they have since discontinued it and only sell it by the quart.  This makes me sooooo sad!!  This paint is oil enriched, creating a hard finish, self leveling, and no brush marks.  Seriously, it is the most amazing paint!

Next I will share my favorite products/tools that I use, that just make life easier for the DIY’er.  I am so excited to share about our home remodel, furniture builds, and other fun stuff!  Is there anything you want to hear about?  If so, leave me a note in the comments!