Choosing the right Paint to redo YOUR furniture!

Choosing the right Paint to redo YOUR furniture!

Choosing The right Plaster Paint product.

One Step vs Original Plaster Paint (including metallics)

Decisions, decisioins...First I will give you a little run through of what each paint's properties are and their pros and cons.

First, One Step.

Plaster Paint One Step


  • smooth with a chalk look and feel finish
  • durable, vibrant and long lasting paint
  • has a built in top coat, meaning no sealing required
  • ideal for doors or kitchen and bathroom cabinet makeovers
  • thick, self-leveling coats
  • distress-able
  • low voice's
  • no order
  • soap and water clean up
  • won't mold


  • minor sanding or the use of New Surface is recommended before paint application unless your applying to raw wood
  • cannot layer this paint with other colours or other paints
  • limited colour options

 Next, Original Plaster Paint (including Metallics)

Original Plaster PaintPROS
  • requires minimal to no prep work or sanding
  • soap and water clean up
  • low VOC's
  • no oder
  • won't mold
  • can be applied to just about any surface including wood, metal, glass and fabric
  • durable finish once sealed
  • thick, self-leveling coats
  • available in 39 colour options
  • great for layering two or more colors to achieve anything from shabby chic to flawlessly finished
  • inexpensive


  • needs to be finished/sealed with a top coat, however, the sealant does provide an extra level of protection.
  • If you're still wondering what would best suit your project, here is my suggestion. If you enjoy playing, mixing and layering and want your paint to dry quickly, go with the Original.
  • If you want a simple solid coat that has a super tough finish, go with the One Step. Just remember, it takes 4-8 hours to dry completely.

Tables and cabinets can go either way. If you want a solid single colour then One Step is great, but we highly suggest adding our liquid wax (even though it's not necessary). A coat or two of added protection goes a long way when you're working with tables and any heavy wearing area.

Again, if you want to add more than one colour to your cupboards then original is excellent. Just make sure you seal.

So now that your more familiar with our paint its time to choose! Watch our video to get a more detailed explanation on our paint lines.

Always be creating!!

Matt & Layne


How to apply New Surface product to refinish your furniture.

How to apply New Surface product to refinish your furniture.

Imagine painting a beautiful piece of furniture, spending hours transforming it into your dream “Pinterest” piece and a few months later your paint starts peeling off. Ahhhhh!! Well, let me help you remedy this potential disaster before it even happens.

Paint peeling

Plaster Paint Canada has a product called New Surface that helps with paint adhesion. If your paint is peeling off it’s telling you one of three things: 1) your furniture piece is either too slick, not allowing the new paint to stick; 2) it’s been oiled and is greasy; or 3) your piece is painted in a alkyd (oil-based paint) not allowing a water-based paint to stick to it.

Luckily, New Surface can be applied to any piece of furniture, glass, metal, or wood that has any of these three surfaces. All that’s needed is one light coat before you paint and BAM, you're ready to start painting. And yes, this also means you DO NOT need to sand first.

New surface with brush


Just follow the simple instructions below to apply New Surface:

1. Remove dust and grease by washing with soap and water. Allow to dry.
2. Open your new surface jar and lightly mix.
3. Take one of your plaster paint natural bristle brushes and load it with New Surface. Don’t be afraid to get a good amount on your brush.
4. Begin painting your new surface right over top of the old paint, glaze, or whatever sealant is on your piece. Don’t be afraid, it will stick to it! Make sure you are painting in the same direction with back and forth motions. If you can see the wood grain, try to follow that direction. Apply one liberal coat.
5. Check for drips on sides.
6. Once you have one coat of New Surface on, allow to dry 30-35 minutes.
7. Usually one coat of new surface should be enough but if you have a high-oiled piece, 2 coats is recommended just to make sure you fully block the oil from coming through.

Pro tip: New surface can also be used to block colour from coming though. If you have a bright or dark colour you want to cover with a lighter one, it sometimes is hard to cover that old colour up. New surface can completely block that colour and allow you to start fresh with your new colour, similar to a primer.

Now that your New Surface is on it’s time to decide what paint you want to use to transform your piece. Stay tuned for our next blog on choosing your paint.

Take care and remember to always be creating!

Layne & Matt


To sand or not to sand?!  The in's and out's to prepping your furniture piece for restoration.

To sand or not to sand?! The in's and out's to prepping your furniture piece for restoration.

Confused on how to begin?

If you're completely new to this whole furniture painting thing or even if you're a professional painter, there are times you may be unsure if you need to prime or sand your furniture before you begin painting. And let's be honest, every paint out there has different directions….sand it first, prime it first, don’t sand, sand but seal…on and on. So here is a dummy-proof way to make the call on whether or not to sand or prime. 

First things first!

Get out some Rubbing alcohol.

      Rubbing alcohol swabs          Rubbing alcohol pads

Put some rubbing alcohol on a cotton swab or rag. In a hidden area, wipe the surface back and forth with the rubbing alcohol. If the paint rubs off and you see faded streaks, you know this has been painted with a Latex product.

Latex paint removed by rubbing alcohol

If no paint comes off, then oil paint was used. Easy right?!

Now it’s time to determine what to do with this newly-found knowledge.


Latex is quite simple. If your chalk paint is water-based (which most of them are) then you can paint directly over top without priming. You shouldn’t even have to sand unless the piece has a ultra-high gloss lacquer over top of the paint. In this case you can take a piece of sand paper or your palm sander and give your piece a light all over sand. This way your paint has something to adhere to.

hi gloss table                            (High Gloss example).

Oil paint

If you’ve determined that your piece is oil painted then you have two choices. The first is to completely sand your piece and apply your new paint or, option two, put a primer on and continue with your paint over top. I would suggest using the primer option. It’s way easier and will save you a lot of time and mess. Plaster Paint Canada has a great primer option called New Surface. New Surface is a waterborne primer/sealer with an unbeatable adhesion to the most challenging surfaces. You can use it on PVC, vinyl, plastic, glass, tile, glazed block, glossy paints, pre-coated siding, fibreglass, lacquer finishes and galvanized metals.

So now that you know how to tell the difference between oils and water-based paints and whether to prime or sand you can start prepping your piece. It’s almost time to paint!


Before you do any priming, New Surfacing or sanding you will have to do the following things:

1. Remove any hardware.

2. Remove drawers and turn them so the faces are facing the sky.

3. If your piece has chips missing you have to decide if you want to fill them to create an even surface or leave them as added character. If you want to fill these holes, now is the time. Go to your local hardware store and ask for a wood filler. Most fillers are quite easy. Just read the directions and apply. When your filler is dry you can proceed to the next step.

4. Clean your piece with a little soap and water and allow to fully dry.

5. Now it’s time to us New Surface or start painting!

There you have it friends, easy peasy. If you're ever in doubt about your furniture, just remember this easy trick.

Take care and always be creating!

Layne & Matt