Nothing is more frustrating than spending hours upon hours perfecting that perfect piece of furniture, only to watch it get scratched, dented, and chipped almost immediately. Normal wear and tear can destroy even the best DIY project, unless you go the extra mile to protect your investment. Here are the best ways to make your DIY actually last. 

Primer

Don’t skimp on primer. Even if your paint says you don’t need it, use it anyway. Even if you really don’t want to, take the time, get the primer, and even add an extra coat if you can. It helps add durability to the wood itself and helps the paint adhere really well.

Paint

Of course, using a good quality paint, and perhaps an extra coat or two can add durability, but here’s the real secret: Let. It. Dry. You need to allow your paint to dry fully before adding second and third coats. We’re talking a full 24 hours people! If you add wet paint on top of wet paint, you’ll be able to peel it off before you even finish. Let each coat dry completely.

If you are looking for a great brush, this one is my go to favorite of favorites. I love purdy brushes because they clean so well, and are more durable than other brands, that look pretty but get gunked up after one project.

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Clear Coat

Once your paint dries completely, you can can add a shiny clear coat like my favorite Polycrylic or Polyurethane. This can be added on top of either chalk or latex paint. You can do as many coats as you’d like, especially for kitchen tables or other pieces that would get a lot of wear and tear. 

Wax

Waxing adds a nice looking finish, and does give some protection, but it is soft and can melt at very high temperatures. So, it’s not the best solution for kitchen tables or other pieces that get a lot of dings and scratches. You can add several layers, it’s easy and beautiful, but it doesn’t give quite the same protection as a clear coat.