Looking for the perfect present for your Favorite Furniture Painter?
We have lots of great gift ideas! Then we asked our Furniture Painter Friends what was on their holiday wish lists … and they came up with even more great gift ideas. (#8 is on MY list now!)
Holiday Gift Guide for Furniture Painters
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Let’s start with the obvious. Paint is the perfect gift for furniture painters! Sample size paints for most brands are usually around $10. Stock up on their favorite colors—or try something new.
Dixie Belle Paint Company is the no-VOC chalk/mineral paint we sell at our store All Things New Again in Leesburg, Virginia. Dixie Belle offers 60 beautiful colors along with all kinds of fun products to make your next paint project stunning. (The new Patina Collection is one of our favorites!)
Here’s the link to Dixie Belle’s full product line. They ship everywhere.
Can’t decide on a color? Most local paint retailers (including All Things New Again!) offer gift certificates or gift cards. Your Favorite Furniture Painter will love going on a paint shopping spree after the holidays.
2. Adjustable Rolling Stool
Your Favorite Furniture Painter’s back and knees will thank you for this awesome gift. Seriously.
This is the rolling stool we use in our studio. It is sturdy, rolls nicely and can hold up to 300 pounds. Plus it has a handy tray on bottom for holding supplies.
Our only complaint is the seat pops off sometimes if you pick it up by the seat. It’s easy to get back on.
Here’s a fancier adjustable rolling stool option with a handle built into the seat and a tray that spins around to easily reach all of your supplies. We haven’t tried this stool out, but it gets good reviews, is rated up to 400 pounds and looks pretty comfy.
Dear Mom, Don’t freak out! I’m not *actually* painting the vintage dresser you’ve been working on all week. It’s just a Dramatic Re-Creation so people can see how nicely the adjustable rolling stool works for painting furniture.
3. Portable Work Bench
This is the little work bench I use out in my garage. One is great for small projects like side tables or chairs. Use two to support larger projects. Mine are buried underneath a few half-painted projects right now. (OK–more than a few.) But they are lightweight to move around and fold up to store out of the way when not in use. I assembled mine all by myself and only said a few bad words so the assembly wasn’t too hard. 🙂
4. Unicorn SPiT
You read that right. Unicorn SPiT. It’s a non-toxic rainbow gel stain and glaze … and Your Favorite Furniture Painter can create some amazing looks with it! New paint products are always fun gifts for furniture painters, especially if it is something they have wanted to try for awhile. You can see our tutorials on several Unicorn SPiT techniques here, here and here … and you can buy it right here in our online store.
If you live near All Things New Again in Leesburg, Virginia, you can register your Favorite Furniture Painter for our Introduction to Unicorn SPiT Class. We’re the only store in the Northern Virginia/metro DC area offering Unicorn SPiT training.
5. Furniture Painting University Membership
Furniture Painting University is a subscription-based online training site for furniture artists.
Each week members receive a new in-depth video tutorial along with product discounts and tons of information on staging and selling painted furniture. (And occasionally you get to see my Dad and me—we’re both FPU instructors!)
Whether your Favorite Furniture Painter is just getting started or has been doing this awhile, there are always new techniques to learn and new products to try. I learn so much from Furniture Painting University. Memberships are $19.97 per month.
6. Paint Sprayer
I used to have a lot of excuses why I didn’t want to use a paint sprayer … then I tried one! (You can read about my first paint sprayer experience here.) It was easy to figure out, easy to clean up and created a beautiful smooth finish.
A paint sprayer is a huge time saver, especially on large jobs or any chair with a million spindles. This HomeRight Sprayer is a nice “starter sprayer” because it is lightweight and does not require a separate air compressor.
7. Spray Paint Tent
I have a confession to make. (Don’t tell my mom.) She gave me a Spray Paint Tent like this one for Christmas last year. I put it in my garage to use when the weather got warmer. It’s still out there. Somewhere. I sprayed directly on my lawn all summer. (Don’t tell my husband.) Never mind. The grass is purple. They both already know. I promise to find my spray paint tent and use it in 2018. Pinkie swear.
8. Hydraulic Table Cart
Do you struggle to move furniture into and out of your vehicle? Then check this out. Game changer.
9. Shop Vacuum
A shop vacuum is a must-have item for furniture painters. This 6-gallon wet/dry vac from Craftsman is nice because it is not too big, not too small.
10. Nail/Staple Gun + Air Compressor
I use my pneumatic nail gun for many furniture makeover projects, including repairing or replacing the backs of dressers and creating pallet wood tabletops. (Just be careful around vintage china cabinets! You can read about that debacle here.)
I was a little intimidated by my nail gun at first, but I’m over that now. Before nailing into any project, I practice on scrap wood to get the adjustment just right.
The stapler is awesome for re-covering fabric on chair seats. It is so much easier to just pa-ching, pa-ching the staples in place with one hand instead of wearing your hands out squeezing an old-school stapler.
This is the Combo Kit I have. It’s nice because it comes with the air compressor and everything you need to get started. The nail and staple guns that come with it are heavy-duty enough for all of my furniture repairs.
I bought a multi-tool for my husband last Christmas and I use it WAY more than he does!
It is light-weight and easy to swap out attachments. I love the flush-cut saw for furniture repairs. You can make quick cuts in some weird angles without dragging out a big saw. The sander attachment is also handy. We use the metal blade to trim screws on hardware.
This Multi-Tool Kit from Dremel is nice because it includes everything you need to get started. Extra saw blades and other attachments make great stocking stuffers.
If you are a Furniture Painter, then you are a Furniture Sander. There’s no way around it. My go-to sanders for furniture makeovers are a random orbital sander like this one that I use when I need to erase heavy scratches and/or sand a tabletop down to bare wood. My little dust bag thingie popped off and is somewhere out in the garage with my Spray Paint Tent. This random orbital sander looks like it has a more durable dust-collection canister built into it. I haven’t tried it so I don’t know if it is better, but it gets good reviews from people who have used it so I’m putting it on here. I hate sanding dust!
My other go-to sander for furniture makeovers is my little mouse sander. It is lightweight, easy to control and the iron-shaped tip can get into corners and tight spaces where the random orbital sander doesn’t fit. A mouse sander is a great tool and a good sander to start with if you are just getting into furniture painting. You can include extra sandpaper in different grits and dust masks as stocking stuffers.
13. Hand Truck/ Dolly
This may not be the sexiest present ever, but holy-moly is it ever useful!
We love our Cosco 3-in-1 Hand Truck that we use for hauling all kinds of furniture everywhere.
It can be used as a regular ol’ dolly for taller pieces like dressers, but it also has an extra set of wheels that drop down for extra support and stability.
We have two porch steps to maneuver whenever we bring anything into or out of All Things New Again. Those extra wheels really come in handy, especially on heavier furniture! This cart can also convert into a 4-wheel cart.
14. Folding Push Cart/ Hand Truck
Here’s a less expensive—but equally handy!—option for moving and hauling your painted furniture.
We use our folding push cart/hand truck like this one almost daily. It is really useful for moving all kinds of items.
Special thanks to my Dad for moving this buffet TWICE so I could get photos for this Holiday Gift Guide for Furniture Painters!
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After all of that painting and lifting and delivering beautiful painted furniture, it’s time to relax!
Here’s our final Awesome Gift Idea for Your Favorite Furniture Painter ….
15. Massage Gift Certificate
Trust me. Your Favorite Furniture Painter needs it!
Happy Holidays from all of us at All Things New Again! <3 <3 <3
All Things New Again is a family-owned furniture and paint boutique located in Leesburg, Virginia, about an hour or so west of Washington, D.C. We sell hand-painted furniture, several lines of paint for your next DIY project and offer fun painting classes and workshops. Stop by and see us the next time you are in town!
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