11 Best Paint for Furniture UK in 2022 【Quick Upcycling】 – Make Brown

Best Paint For Furniture Uk

 Have you ever looked around your home and not liked what you see? 

It’s not just that it is well furnished, but maybe you’re bored. Or maybe it all feels super old. I know that kinda sucks because you can’t revamp everything especially if you’re on a budget. So what can you really do but live with it?

Well, the solution to that is simple. Get some paint for furniture UK and give your home a more modern look. You can change the whole theme of your home with a few tins of paint. So what are you waiting for?

Because the truth is buying new furniture is expensive, like extremely expensive so changing that is out of the question. But maybe, just maybe, you can level everything up by repainting or even painting your furniture a brand new colour that will give you a homey feeling all the while bringing your all home alive!

The Application:

The prep prior to painting will depend on the type of paint. If it is water-based paint, you won’t need to prime your furniture for it to look perfect. Oil-based paints do need priming. The sanding and varnishing will also depend on the type of paint you get. So check that beforehand and be prepared for it. Try to get the most convenient option available.

So we have a few really good furniture paint UK options for you to go through and try changing a few things up. If you are still not sure, check out our buying guide for some help!

Best Paint For Furniture UK 2022:

Check out our list below of the top paints for furniture UK and see if anything speaks out to you:

Johnstone's 303929t10/10 (Editor's Choice)
Rust-Oleum AMZ00389.5/10
Rust-Oleum AMZ00128.5/10
Rustins CHAPW5008/10
Polar Premium Direct to Rust8/10
Johnstone's 3865008/10
Hemway Dove Grey Chalk Paint8/10
Shabby Chic Furniture Chalk8.5/10
Frankie & Stone Chic Furniture Paint7.5/10
Rust-Oleum AMZ00398.5/10
Vintro No Seal Chalk Paint6.5/10

1. Johnstone’s 303929

Johnstones 303929

Why we love it:

  • Comes in a 1.25L Tin
  • Has a satin finish to it
  • Options include a variety of relevant shades
  • Takes about 1-2 hours to dry down
  • 1 litre covers 12m square area
✅Does not take long to dry up❌Be careful with the brush strokes
✅The silky finish gives a sophisticated look
✅The formula is water based
✅Does not turn yellow
✅Works on wood and metal both

Let’s start off with a beloved Johnstone product.


The paint is there to give a perfect silky-satin finish to your furniture to make sure that it looks as attractive and as new as possible. A few strokes of the brush would be enough to bring your beautiful furniture to life. While it gives the smooth touch you require, it will not change shades or give off a yellow tint to disappoint you.

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Well, it comes in a 1.25 L can which can cover around 12m square of the area which is not bad. While some of us do love the smell of paint, some odours can be overwhelming which makes this the perfect choice because it does not give off any stinky odour. Whether you’re painting metal or wood, this paint’s got your back.


There’s nothing complicated that you need to know when it comes to how to use this paint. The upside is that it is self undercoating so you don’t have to layer a coat upon coat upon coat to get what you need, it’ll do the job easily.

2. Rust-Oleum AMZ0038

Rust Oleum Amz0038

Why we love it:

  • Comes in a 400ml tin
  • It’s a clear wax for your furniture
  • It is based in water
  • One coat gives enough coverage
  • Comes with product safety measures that need to be followed
✅Provides protection to your furniture❌The finishing needs time to appear non-patchy
✅Just one coat covers a lot of surface
✅Protects from rust as well
✅Clear finish perfect for all furniture
✅The formula is water based
✅No need to sand before application

Rust-oleum is a well-known paint brand which is why it made the list.


If you need a straightforward coat to revamp the look of your furniture, this is it. Once you apply this wax over your wooden furniture, it is going to give it a shiny, brand new feel while also protecting it. Yes, that’s right, it is going to protect your furniture from further degradation and protect your metallics from rusting. Hence, it is the best paint for upcycling furniture in UK right now!

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This 400ml tin might look tiny but trust me, one coat is going to go a long way with this one.

This water-based formula almost has no odour but you still need to be careful and use it in a ventilated area because this furniture wax is flammable and too much-unfiltered exposure can be dangerous. But once you take all the precautions, you’re good to go.


It is not exactly a paint but a clear wax that will make your furniture look unused and bring it back into its prime. But first thing’s first, wear gloves and even a mask if the area is not properly ventilated. Next, you’ll have to wait and trust the process. One coat, one layer is enough and then give it a day to see if the finish is smooth and not patchy because that’ll take some time. Over layering, it will only make things worse. But the good part is that you won’t have to sand your furniture before you apply it.

3. Rust-Oleum AMZ0012

Rust Oleum Amz0012

Why we love it:

  • It comes in a 750ml can
  • It is a water-based paint
  • Results in a smooth touch
  • Provides a matt/chalky finish
  • The colour is Antique White
  • For use on interior only
✅Does not give off much odor❌The paint is pretty thick so a bit tricky to use
✅One coat goes a long way
✅No sanding necessary for most  surfaces
✅Provides a beautiful white matt finish

Rust-oleum is a brand after our own hearts. Let’s find out some more about it.


Matt finish is totally in fashion, so if you need your furniture to be in style, we suggest you go for this paint. This beautiful antique white shade is perfect to give your furniture the boost it needs. The chalky, matt finish totally goes with the antique look so it is a perfect combo. But what is even better is that the surface is still smooth to touch so it is a total package. Rust Oleum Amz0012 Can 225x300


It comes in a 750ml can which is enough paint to finish a project. Especially since it is thicker than most paints so one coat will be good enough, most of the time. It is a decent enough quantity considering the price and the quality that it provides. So you get a pretty great product at an affordable price.


Well, it is like any other paint. So grab a brush and start painting. But there’s just a little thing to be kept in mind while using this is that it is relatively thicker. Which is a good thing for coverage, not so much when it comes to using it. You have to be careful otherwise your furniture can come out looking patchy or unevenly painted.

4. Rustins CHAPW500

Rustins Chapw500

Why we love it:

  • Comes in a 500ml can of paint
  • The colour is called Windsor White
  • Provides a chalky white, yet velvety finish
  • Does not require much preparation before use
✅Easy to use over previously painted interior❌Requires a lot of coats for complete coverage
✅Ends up giving a smooth touch
✅Gives a stylish velvety matt look
✅It is a quick dry formula

The next furniture paint on our list is Rustins’ white.


For a chalky yet velvety finish, this is the paint for your job. Your furniture will look as fancy as you want it to look while it will feel smooth to touch. The paint is called Windsor White and it will give you some amazing royal feels, as the name suggests.


A 500ml can at an affordable price for your paint needs. However, the quantity isn’t as much as you’d want it to be. It is barely enough to finish the project that you’ve started, no matter how beautiful the finish is.


The paint is beautiful and very easy to use. The consistency is pretty great as well. However, good consistency comes at a price; the price being the lack of coverage. It’ll require a few coats to get your desired coverage so the 500ml quantity feels even less considering its performance.

5. Polar Premium Direct to Rust

Polar Premium Direct To Rust

Why we love it:

  • 800ml of liquid in aerosol spray form
  • 1 bottle provides 3 purposes
  • Built for coating metal furniture, indoor and outdoor
  • Provides a silky satin finish in black colour
  • 400ml can provide 2-meter square coverage
✅Dries up pretty quickly (15-30mins)❌Its formula is pretty thin - not enough coverage per coat
✅Works a primer, undercoat and topcoat
✅UV and fade resistant
✅A smooth satin finish for all metallic interior


If you’re not a matte person, that’s okay because we have got some options for you as well. Classic black is a colour that most people are drawn to so it was not a difficult choice to add this product to our list. The spray can give you the perfect satin black finish of your dreams and really bring your furniture alive. To be clear, it is going to be satin black, not shiny black, which makes it an even better choice.


The product comes in two 400ml cans, adding up to 800ml in total. One can is going to provide you with an area coverage of 2-meter square which is not bad but also not great because of the price. But it is easy to use and will totally help your metal interior out.


Since it claims to be a primer and a topcoat, it will make your job a whole lot easier, especially as it comes conveniently in a spray bottle. You can apply it directly to your furniture, with rust and all and it will still do its job. Be sure to stand at a slight distance of 15-30cm so you don’t inhale it while you spray and you should be good. Lastly, since it is a spray, you will require a few coats to get your desired coverage, unlike other paints.

6. Johnstone’s 386500

Johnstones 386500

Why we love it:

  • A 750ml can of paint
  • Provides a cushy white, chalky finish on furniture
  • Dries down quickly, within 30 minutes
  • Does not give off much odour
✅scratch protection❌Requires at least 3 coats for full coverage
✅Very easy to use and handle
✅Dries down within 30 minutes
✅Chalky finish that does not feel rough

Since Johnstone’s is a well-known paint brand, it only makes sense that they’d be in on the furniture game as well.


If you’re into the cute chalky finish that is so in these days, this is the paint you should try it with. It will give your furniture the rustic look you require and it is available in different shades as well so whatever floats your boat, go get it. It might look chalky but it definitely doesn’t feel like it.


It comes in a 750ml tin can of paint at a not so high price. It dries down pretty fast so you can finish up your project in the time you intend, especially if you require more than a couple of coats. And it does not have an overwhelming smell that can leave your eyes and nose dripping.


It states that it is easy to use and quick drying so you’ll easily get the job done in no time. However, the consistency of the paint is not so great so you need more than one coat to get the result you desire. And that is a downside considering it only has 750ml in a can and therefore you might need a few of those if you have a bigger project.

7. Hemway Dove Grey Chalk Paint

Hemway Dove Grey Chalk Paint

Why we love it:

  • Has 1 litre in one can, which is a decent quantity
  • Gives a dove grey matte finish
  • Works well on almost all surfaces
  • Made from natural and eco-friendly ingredients
  • 1 tin provides coverage of a 15-meter square area
✅Works on all types of surfaces so an all rounder product❌Expensive
✅The paint is solvent free and therefore safe to use indoors
✅Can be straight away used, without and prior sanding
✅Eco-friendly and naturally made
✅A smooth and long lasting matte finish

The next one on our list is the Hemway Chalk Paint. It’s another matte paint so let’s get into it.


It provides a chalky matte finish but it feels really smooth to touch and feel. Matte finish is quite popular these days which is why people are really loving these paints and the Hemway Chalk Paint is a pretty good choice. You can have the perfect matte finish on all your interiors, on different surfaces with this product.

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The can provides 1 litre of paint which is more than what most companies provide. But the higher price tag is what ruins this. So even though the quantity is more, it is not enough to finish up bigger projects which means that it is going to cost you a lot to complete.


The paint is very easy to use as it does not require your furniture or walls to be varnished or sanded so it is a quick solution to your paint problem. The finish is pretty good and the ingredients used in the paint are also eco friendly (which explains its price). And 1 litre is more than enough to finish smaller jobs.

8. Shabby Chic Furniture Chalk

Shabby Chic Furniture Chalk

Why we love it:

  • The volume of the can is 250ml
  • It is chalk-based paint for a matte finish
  • A water-based paint
  • Can be used on stone, brick or plastic as well
  • Has various different and unique colours
✅Will not need to prime before use as it is water based❌Quantity is very less for the price
✅Chalky matte finish on all surfaces❌Dry down time is 1-2 hours
✅Can be used on multiple kinds of surfaces
✅Options for multiple colours


For a chic look, try out Shabby chic for your furniture and literally any other surface. It is going to give you the matte finish you desire, in unique colours that you desire so you can really make your home pop. Whatever you need to be painted matte, this paint’s got you covered.

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I am straight away going to get to the point and say that 250ml of paint is not enough, especially for the price. There is no doubt it gives you an amazing finish in various colours but there are a lot of paints out there with lower prices and 250ml is not enough to finish one project let alone more. But still, if your budget allows, getting this done would get amazing value. But let’s talk about something else that really makes it stand out and that is that it does wonders on any surface and does not require any priming.


The quantity might be less but the paint is definitely easy to use. It does not require any prior preparations; you can just jump into it and do your thing. However, drying it down for touch takes almost 2 hours which is a long time to wait.

9. Frankie & Stone Chic Furniture Paint

Frankie Stone Chic Furniture Paint

Why we love it:

  • It comes in a 500ml of liquid in a can
  • It is a chalky paint perfect for all interior furniture
  • 5 different colours
  • It has a water-based formula which is great for use
  • Does not give off a strong smell
✅The water based formula ensure no need for priming❌Not enough quantity based on the price
✅Gives a matte finish to your furniture❌Coverage is not the greatest
✅Dries own pretty quick
✅A variety of colours for your different furniture

The last product on our list is another chalky matte finish because everybody loves a matte look. Let’s dive deep into it now.


As we have talked about it, the finish is chalky and matte but feels pretty smooth. It also comes in 5 different shades so if you don’t want all of your furniture to have the same colour, you’ve got options.

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It comes in a 500ml can of paint which is honestly not enough paint, especially if you have a big project to finish. At this price, you can get more quantity of paint. It works well on all your interior and does not give off a strong stubborn smell.


We have already discussed the quality crisis but let me tell you about the coverage as well. You are going to require a couple of coats to get the perfect results you want to see which is a turn-off. But the formula is quick-drying and beautiful to look at so if you can afford it, go for it.

Here are the bonus products for you:

10. Rust-Oleum AMZ0039 A Classic:

Rust Oleum Amz0039 A Classic

11. Vintro No Seal Chalk Paint:

Vintro No Seal Chalk Paint


So that was our views and opinions on the greatest furniture chalk paint in Uk and satin paint currently in the market now. Before you make a decision, check out our buying guide and FAQs to make sure that you’re making the right one.

For more in-depth know-how, check out how to paint furniture.

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Buying Guide for The Best Furniture Paint UK

Check out the guide below to know all that you need to pick out one for yourself!


This was the obvious really. And that is true for literally anything you want to buy. So it is great that you want to follow your passion, but don’t kill yourself for it and always keep your budget in mind. Your budget should be anything that doesn’t leave you feeling broke but still lets you get a decent option for your needs.

The Finish

Do you want satin options or matte options or do you just want plain shiny furniture? It all depends on preference and the type of furniture you have. Make sure to align your vision with your paint choice.


Quantity is a big part of paint because you need to be sure how much you need and then check for its availability. You don’t want to run out mid-project and don’t want to be left hanging. The quantity of the paint needed will also determine your budget, so make sure to really calculate this before you make your final decision.


Once you’ve cleared up what you need, then decide the colour that you need. What will really make your furniture come to life and what shade will make your house feel like a home. Make sure to have a theme and have your furniture paint follow the theme. It should match the walls and the floorings as well.

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Are furniture paint fumes dangerous?

Most furniture paint is made keeping in mind its use so most of them do not have strong or toxic smells. But just to be safe, wear masks and gloves and keep your windows opened for maximum ventilation inside.

What is the best paint to use on furniture in UK?

The top product is a concept based on individual choices and needs. If it fits your budget and requirements, in my opinion, it is the top paint to be used on your interior. Anything that will give your furniture life and provide it with further protection and from degradation, is a choice to be really really considered.

What’s the best paint to use on wooden furniture?

While many furniture paints are for all types of furniture, most good paints focus on wooden furniture and their requirements. So if you are looking for the best paint for wooden furniture in UK, look for anything that does not require sanding to keep your furniture in its prime. And then seal it up with some wax!

Which is the most reliable paint for furniture?

I think that the optimum option is to choose a paint that is water-based. They don’t damage your furniture rather increase its longevity and they do not require any pre-paint preparations like sanding or varnishing so it really is the perfect option.

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Reference & Sources:

Effects of wood type, moisture content and paint type on adhesion strength of conventional clear paints used in furniture manufacture.

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