Best Black Paint For Furniture

Black paint is a timeless classic that never goes out of style, making it an excellent choice for your furniture projects. The trick here is to choose the best black paint for furniture that will give you the look and finish you’re after.

Glossy, satin, semi-gloss or matte finish – it can be hard to decide which type is best for your project. Take a look at some of the best ones available to help you make the right choice! And hey, while you’re at it, check out other types of paint for furniture here.

spraying black paint onto furniture using paint sprayer with text overlay

For painting furniture black, you can’t just grab any old can from the home improvement store. Different kinds of paints have different properties that may work better or worse for your project, so take your time to choose the right paint.

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And to help you make the best choice, I’ve compiled this list of the best black furniture paint. And the best part is that all of these paints are water based for easy clean up and without the nasty fumes of oil based paints!

From General Finishes Enduro Poly to Sherwin Williams Emerald Urethane Trim Enamel to Fusion Mineral Paint and more, I have all the best black paints here! Plus, if you’re on a budget, don’t miss our homemade chalk paint option with Behr Black Paint.

Get ready to give your furniture a makeover with the perfect black paint!​

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General Finishes Enduro Poly in Black

General Finishes Enduro Poly in Black is a spray-only paint that requires no topcoat! It’s perfect if you want a sleek and sophisticated look on your furniture.

spraying general finishes enduro poly black onto furniture with paint sprayer

Pros

  • Easy application with spray only
  • No topcoat needed
  • Excellent coverage and protection

Cons

  • Not suitable for brushing or rolling
  • Prone to drips if not applied properly

Use a HVLP sprayer to get the best results. Make sure you use a primer before painting to help your paint stick better – especially if your furniture has a slick or laminated surface. Check out the best primers for painting furniture here.

See how I painted a dresser black with Black General Finishes Enduro Poly here.

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Heirloom Traditions Paint in Iron Gate

Heirloom Traditions Paint in Iron Gate is an all-in-one paint that you can spray, brush, or roll on. It’s perfect if you want a beautiful matte finish on your furniture with no need for a topcoat. This paint goes on smoothly, no primer needed, and it’s especially great for slick laminate surfaces.

spraying Heirloom Traditions Paint in Iron Gate onto furniture using a paint sprayer

Learn everything you need to know about Heirloom Traditions Paint here.

Pros

  • All-in-one paint – no topcoat needed!
  • Easy to apply with spray, brush, or roller
  • No primer required for most surfaces
  • Excellent coverage and protection from wear and tear

Cons

  • Not self-leveling – needs more coats to provide a smooth finish if brushing/rolling
  • Prone to drips if not applied properly

Use a sprayer for the smoothest results, or a Staalmeester brush if you are brushing. Make sure to use primer if your furniture has any slick or laminated surfaces.

Here’s a painting furniture black makeover with Heirloom Traditions Paint in Iron Gate.

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Sherwin Williams Emerald Urethane Trim Enamel in Tricorn Black

Sherwin Williams Emerald Urethane Trim Enamel in Tricorn Black is a fantastic option if you’re on the hunt for a paint that’s super easy to use. You can apply it with a brush, roller, or even a spray!

And get this, it gives amazing coverage and protection with no need for a topcoat! It’s seriously durable, so you won’t have to stress about touch-ups all the time. Here’s my honest Sherwin Williams Emerald Urethane Trim Enamel Review.

Pros

  • Easy to apply with brush, roller, or spray
  • Excellent coverage and protection
  • No topcoat needed – very durable!

Cons

  • Requires primer for best paint adhesion
  • Prone to drips if not applied properly

Grab a sprayer to apply this paint. If you’re more into brushing, a Staalmeester brush will do the trick and keep those brush marks to a minimum. Oh, and don’t forget to use primer before painting for better adhesion, especially if your furniture is all shiny and laminated.

Here’s everything you need to know about painting furniture with enamel paint.

Check out this painting a dining table black with Sherwin Williams Urethane Trim Enamel in Tricorn Black.

where to buy Sherwin Williams Emerald Urethane Trim Enamel in Tricorn Black

Fusion Mineral Paint in Coal Black

Fusion Mineral Paint in Coal Black gives you a smooth, matte finish that’s got you covered. It’s low VOC, non-toxic, and doesn’t need a primer or topcoat! Easily apply with a brush, roller, or sprayer – perfect for effortless furniture painting.

spraying fusion mineral paint in coal black onto furniture using paint sprayer

Plus, the paint is highly durable and provides excellent coverage and protection against wear and tear. Check out my personal experience in our Fusion Mineral Paint Review post here.

Pros

  • Easy application with brush, roll, or sprayer
  • Non-toxic
  • Low VOC
  • No topcoat or primer is required, but I recommend doing both for the most durable finish.
  • Very durable
  • Excellent coverage and protection

Cons

  • Not self leveling – needs more coats to provide a smooth finish if brushing/rolling
  • Prone to drips if not applied properly

For best application, start by cleaning your piece thoroughly and then lightly sand it with 220-grit sandpaper. Apply two coats of Fusion Mineral Paint in Coal Black – be sure to let the first coat dry completely before you add the second one.

Read through this post to learn more about sandpaper for furniture painting.

For a brush-free finish, use a sprayer or roller for smoother results. Let the paint dry completely before using your furniture.

Check out this repainting furniture project using Fusion Mineral Paint in Coal Black.

Where to buy Fusion Mineral Paint in Coal Black

General Finishes Milk Paint in Lamp Black

General Finishes Milk Paint in Lamp Black gives you a timeless matte finish that lasts. It’s a bit thin, so you might need a few more coats, but it levels itself out nicely.

brushing on General Finishes Milk Paint in Lamp Black onto furniture

Oh, and don’t forget to topcoat it once it’s dry – that way, your furniture stays protected from stains and scratches. Plus, this paint is low VOC and non-toxic for your peace of mind. Check out my honest and detailed General Finishes Milk Paint Review here.

Pros

  • Easy application with brush or roller
  • Non-toxic
  • Low VOC
  • Self leveling – nice and smooth finish!

Cons

  • Needs a few more coats than other paints
  • Requires topcoat for maximum protection
  • Requires primer to help the paint stick better to slick surfaces
  • Prone to drips if not applied properly

For best results, use a brush or roller to apply and follow up with two coats of topcoat. Make sure you use primer before painting – that way, your furniture will look its very best! Let the paint dry completely before using your furniture.

I painted furniture black with General Finishes Milk Paint in Lamp Black in this post.

Where to buy General Finishes Milk Paint in Lamp Black

Homemade Chalk Paint with Behr Black Paint

Homemade chalk paint with Behr Black Paint is the perfect budget-friendly option – it’s super easy to mix into any homemade chalk paint recipe for a smooth, matte finish. Plus, you can brush, roll, or spray it on – whatever works best for you!

photo of calcium carbonate powder and behr paint to create homemade chalk paint

Check out the best paint brushes for painting furniture here and the best rollers for painting furniture here.

Pros

  • Cheapest option
  • Easy to mix into any homemade chalk paint recipe
  • Can be applied with a brush, roller, or sprayer

Cons

  • Needs to be mixed into homemade chalk paint first before applying
  • Requires topcoat for maximum protection
  • Requires primer to help the paint stick better to slick surfaces
  • Prone to drips if not applied properly

Follow my homemade chalk paint recipe that uses latex paint like Behr Paint and calcium carbonate powder here. I also have a homemade chalk paint dresser makeover here!

Where to buy Behr Black Paint

How to Topcoat Black Painted Furniture

If you want to give your black painted furniture an extra layer of protection and a glossy finish, you should topcoat it with polyurethane.

You can either spray poly or apply the poly by hand – just be sure that if you’re using oil based polyurethane, your water based paint is completely dry before applying it (which should take about 48 hours).

Start by giving your painted piece a light sanding using 220-grit sandpaper. Then stir the polyurethane before you begin applying it to get an even finish without any bubbles.

Stirring a can of polyurethane topcoat before spraying onto furniture

Be sure to use a brush or roller specifically designed for polyurethane and apply the topcoat in thin, even coats. Let each coat dry for at least four hours before you add a second one.

Learn all about topcoats for painting furniture here and the best paint brushes for polyurethane here.

Whether you’re looking for a matte finish, an eco-friendly paint, or just an affordable option, there is something out there for everyone.

If you’re after a smooth, matte finish that’s low VOC and non-toxic, Fusion Mineral Paint in Coal Black is the way to go!

For a timeless matte finish, General Finishes Milk Paint in Lamp Black is a solid choice, but it does require a few extra coats and a topcoat. And if you’re on a budget, you can’t go wrong with homemade chalk paint using Behr Black Paint!

With all this info, now you’re ready to start painting furniture black like a pro!

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