How To Paint Furniture Black: A Furniture Guru’s Guide

Painting furniture black may seem like a daunting task, but it’s not hard at all. To paint furniture black, you need to choose a paint, sand wooden surfaces, then paint and seal them. With these simple steps, your furniture will keep the fresh, glossy look it deserves at home and in the office. And, if, for whatever reason, you do decide to paint furniture black, there are always plenty of other options out there to pick from.

Today I’m going to teach you everything you need to know in order to paint your furniture a deep black. There are no tricky or complicated chemical reactions, techniques, or steps involved in this process so that you can get started right away. Let’s go!

How To Paint Furniture Black: Step-By-Step Guide

There are different steps for painting different types of furniture, but here’s a simple step-by-step tutorial for creating any kind of furniture black.

Choose Your Work Area

Pick a spot where you will not step on anything else while painting the furniture, and make sure it will be easy to access and convenient for all of the other steps that follow.

Wear Proper Clothing

First, make sure that you are wearing shoes that are easy to paint and do not cause any damage to the floor. Second, make sure you wear clothing that will get painted with the paint and not stuck to it.

Sand Your Furniture

I recommend using 220 grit sandpaper in order to remove all of the dust and debris from your furniture’s surface, so it is ready for paint.

Prime Furniture

All manufacturers of paint recommend this step. Priming prevents the wood from absorbing too much paint and makes it easier to apply the second coat of paint. If you choose not to prime your furniture now, skip this step and go straight to painting.

Choose Paint

Next, decide what kind of paint you are going to use on your furniture pieces. There are three main kinds of paint: latex or acrylic, oil-based, and titanium dioxide (found in most spray paints). Try each one on a small area before applying them to an entire piece of furniture.

  • Latex – available in a spray or liquid form. It is the easiest to apply and requires a relatively small amount of paint, so it is well-suited for furniture. Latex paint dries quickly and is an excellent solution for wooden surfaces. However, be careful not to accidentally breathe the dust out of a can of latex, as it can cause you to cough for up to an hour after breathing the dust in.
  • Acrylic – available in spray or liquid form usually comes in one color mixed with other colors or used as a tinted primer on its own. Acrylic paint is rated by its thickness and durability. However, acrylic paint dries quickly and is not ideal for furniture because it chips off easily.
  • Oil-based – this paint dries slowly and is more challenging to clean up than latex, acrylic, and titanium dioxide paints.

Paint Furniture

Choose your paint type and start working. First, spray a thin, even coat of paint on all surfaces of the furniture in the chosen color. Be sure to leave no gaps between the painted furniture pieces.


This is unnecessary, but it will protect the painted furniture from dust, dirt, mildew, and scratches for many years to come. Finish up by wiping down the furniture with a damp cloth, buffing with a dry one until everything is shiny and clean.


What Is The Best Way To Paint Furniture Black?

The best way to paint furniture black is to purchase paint specifically formulated for darkening. First, prepare the wooden surface, sand, and prime it, and then apply black paint of your choice.

What Is The Most Popular Color To Paint Furniture?

The highest-rated colors were black and white, with a score of 84%. Blue was second with 82%, followed by pink at 81%. Brown came in fourth at 78%, and green came in fifth at 74%. Other colors like orange, purple, and yellow came in the last place with only 29% of people preferring them for their furniture.

How Can I Paint My Furniture Black Without Sanding?

Sanding the surface of your furniture can leave swirls and marks, making it difficult to paint over. However, using a paint sprayer will make this task much easier for you. To add an extra dimension and texture to your piece, use an oil-based primer for better adhesion and a smoother finish. Finally, for best results, sand the piece with 220-grit sandpaper just before painting.