The 5 feelings you get before painting your first piece of furniture…

So many feelings. I see you over there staring at the furniture paint shelf, swooning over all the pretty painted pieces on your social media feed. I feel you…I get you…I’ve BEEN you!! I know that painting furniture can seem like an intimidating task. For me, once I got past the intimidation and went for it…GAME OVER!

Painting furniture is my therapy. Some people run, some people sing, some people meditate, some people actually go to therapy. I…paint. I knew after I painted my first piece that I had found something I loved and was hooked. Now, here I am 4 plus years down the road and hundreds and hundreds of painted pieces later.  I can still say that I love it as much (if not more) than I did day one.5 feelings

When you have never painted a piece before, I know it can be super intimidating. I have seen people stare at a paint shelf with big eyes not knowing if they should grab a can or not. I think there are 5 basic feelings you get before (and during) painting your first piece.
Feeling #1- Intrigued- “I’ve been hearing a lot about this chalk paint stuff. No sanding, no priming. I want to know more!”
Feeling #2- Intimidated- “But there are so many steps, and wax. What is wax? And what do I do with it?”
Feeling #3- Photo Envy- “I can’t look at one more piece of pretty painted furniture. If she can do it, I can do it!”
Feeling #4- Confusion- “Wait a minute? When is it going to get complicated? This is going too well.”
Feeling #5- Excitement- “What? I did it!! Why did I wait so long? What else can I paint?” (Runs around house with paint brush in hand)

Again, I’ve been this girl. If you have had at least 2 out of the first 3 feelings, chances are you are READY to take the next step and paint your first piece. You can start small. Picture frames, candle sticks, or even a small end table or nightstand. I don’t recommend painting your great, great grandmothers china cabinet on your first rodeo 😉

In my last post here I gave you a list of all the supplies you will need to get started on your project. Tomorrow on the blog I will be sharing a STEP BY STEP tutorial which will be a great beginners guide on how to paint furniture! Again, if you have any questions be sure to let me know in the comments so I can answer them in my next post!

Here is a sneak peek at the piece that will be our subject on the blog tomorrow. This antique dresser underwent a huge transformation, but not so huge that you couldn’t do it too! So, get your supplies. Move past feelings 1, 2 and 3. And be ready to conquer feelings 4 and 5!  I’ll see ya tomorrow over on the blog…

~ Stacey


  1. Jeannie B

    You have read and re-read my mind a thousand times. Love your post. My biggest fear is painting my laminate kitchen cabinets & not to mention the laminate counter tops. Im so fearful about the different steps. Im not sure if I should sand, prime, wax and seal(which Im very clueless on the whole sealer idea). Thank you for your post. Looking forward to reading more!

    • Stacey Collins

      Thanks so much for your comment! I have never painted laminate cabinets, but I have painted laminate furniture with no issues! Try starting with a smaller project if you haven’t already and get comfortable with using the paint. It gets easier with every piece you do! Good luck to you and thanks for reading!