Trying to decide which top coat matches your family’s needs seems to be a confusing task for some, but if you can keep a few simple factors in mind when trying to make a decision, it’ll make this process a whole lot easier for you and your sanity.
It’s taken me a while to decide whether or not to write this post just simply because there are so many opinions on this matter. I also didn’t want to seem brash or like, “I know everything”, because I don’t.
However, when you have spent a quarter of a century (this makes me sound so old) behind the brush, you learn a few things about painting. Now does this make me “the expert” at painting? No, but maybe I can share with you some things that maybe you’ve never thought of.
This post is strictly my own opinions and I certainly don’t expect everyone to agree with everything that I’m about to say. So if we happen to disagree, I will still LOVE you:D
What finally prompted this post was when I came across an article on Pinterest that read, “There is no right or wrong way to finish furniture.”
Did someone seriously just write that?
Skip the coffee, let’s go straight to margaritaville. Don’t judge…it’s 5 o’clock somewhere:D
My Trigger Questions
There has to be certain things that you must honestly answer before you make that decision because every finish has a tolerance factor; and they may or may not agree with your family’s needs. So let’s go over some of the “trigger questions”, is what I like to call them.
- Do you have children?
- How old are they?
- Where will this piece of furniture be located in the home?
- How will this piece of furniture be used?
- Is it a work horse, or is it just for show?
- How often do you clean your furniture?
- Will you allow people to place plates, cups (condensation or hot), or any other food items on this furniture?
These questions are not meant to be the only ones you should try to answer, but they do try to dig deeper, and uncover issues that you may not think of when refinishing something.
Top Coat: Polycrylic or Wax
If you’ve answered yes to at least 4 of these questions, your probably better off if you stick with polycrylic.
See, when I’m asked to paint a piece of furniture for someone, I don’t always jump to chalk paint. You really do need to understand and dive into how a family lives before you can figure that out.
Wax isn’t for everybody. It’s meant to be a surface barrier.
That’s it. Period. End of subject; and if someone were trying to tell you different, well then let’s just say that they are unaware of what wax really is.
Polycrylic on the other hand, will save you a lot of grief if:
- you have children that have art classes on furniture
- you don’t use coasters
- someone forgot to close the window next to the buffet on a rainy day
- a particular piece is a catch-all for when people walk in the door and someone throws their keys on the table
- or “Hey look Mom, Joey’s meatball is rolling across the kitchen table that just happens to be white washed
- or we don’t see the sauce that splattered on the kitchen cabinet next to the stove and now it’s 5 hours later or even next week
- or a hot bowl just came out of the microwave and someone sits it on the end table…
ANYONE can use chalk paint, but not everyone can use wax in every area of their home. It’s just that simple.
That doesn’t mean you can’t have some pieces waxed, but you just need to choose wisely (courtesy of Indiana Jones) . I L-O-V-E waxed furniture, but I can’t have a house full of it. The idea should be for you to be happy with your home and what you have in it, not drive yourself crazy because your trying to fight a losing battle.
See, no worries. You got this:)