How to choose the perfect finish
Sheen affects the overall look and durability of a painted piece, so make sure you factor that in when you’re choosing your paint colour.
- Flat Finish: Flat paint has a nonreflective finish that doesn’t show blemishes easily. Because it’s not as easy to wipe or as durable as glossier sheens, it’s not a common choice for furniture, unless you’re after a vintage or distressed look.
- Satin Finish: This paint shows a light lustre with a soft texture. For many, satin falls in the just-right category – not too shiny, not too dull, and easy to work with.
- Semi-gloss Finish: A choice that is often recommended for furniture. Semi-gloss has a higher lustre and tougher skin than a low sheen finish, but isn’t as shiny as gloss. It stands up well to cleaning and wear.
- Gloss Finish: A paint that creates a hard surface that is durable and easy to clean. It gives furniture a modern, lacquered appearance, so consider whether this is the effect you’re after. Its high lustre makes imperfections show.
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- Sitting pretty – chair makeovers to love
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