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5 Paints For Different Projects

There are different times and different occasions for different types of paint.  This post will show you 5 different types of paint and how I used them on different projects.  

Do you get confused as to which paints to use on what materials?   I am going to help you take the guess work out of it and show you how to pick the perfect paint for your project.

Today we are talking about:

  • Spray Paint
  • Chalk Paint
  • Acrylic Paint
  • Latex Paint
  • Outdoor Paint

Let’s get started!

Spray Paint

I have to admit that spray paint is my favorite paint.  It is fast, easy and comes in a gazillion colors plus it is inexpensive.  

Depending on the type you purchase spray paint can be used on metal, wood, plastic, glass and more.  It is so versatile.  

Just be sure to read the label.  Or…just give a try and see if it works for your projects.  

Here are a few of my spray painted projects.

Spray Painted Projects

These projects have all be painted partially or totally with spray paints.

Chalk Paint

Chalk paint is/was all the rage.  I do love the look of chalk paint but it can be a little tricky sometimes.  It was made to be used on surfaces that are slick  like a laminate wood and you aren’t supposed to have to sand.

I have found this works most of the time.  I have had a few issues when sanding was absolutely necessary. 

Another issue I have had is with it going through the paint sprayer nicely.  I find it clogs more than other types of paint.  It works and I have done it but it doesn’t always go as smoothly as I would like.  

I love the matte look of the chalk paint and I love the creme wax that goes over it.  When it is buffed out it leaves the perfect semi gloss finish.

Here are a few projects that were completed with chalk paint.


Chalk Paint

These are a few of my favorite chalk painted projects!

Acrylic Paint

Acrylic paint is more of a craft project paint.  I do a lot of crafting and most of them need paint.  Acrylic paint is definitely my “go-to”.   It is perfect for small wood projects, fabric with the addition of a textile medium and it is perfect for dry brushing to add and aged look or dimension.  


Acrylic Paint

Little bottles of acrylic paint are perfect for small projects and there is a HUGE array of color choices. Plush they have now created some with glitter and texture that can be so fun for the right project. All of these projects have been decorated with acrylic paint!

Latex Paint

I always think of latex paint when I am needing to cover larger areas.  It comes in a variety of sizes and these days, a ton of colors.  

The best paint for my sprayer is latex.  It usually works like a dream and I have usually have little to no clogs in the nozzle.  If you get a good brand then the coverage is beautiful as well.  

Here are a few of my latex paint projects.


Latex Paint

You can find latex paint at any hardware store. It is easy to come by, inexpensive and comes in a variety of colors. Plus you can get the larger sizes if you need to cover a larger area.

Outdoor Paint

This probably shouldn’t be it’s own category because most outdoor paints are either acrylic based or latex based.  I love the Outdoor Living by DecoArt.  I have used it on a couple of projects and with all of the rain we have had this summer these projects still look amazing.  

The outdoor/exterior paints usually have a sealer built in so you don’t have to add one.  This is a huge time saver for me.  I plan to paint some trim on my house and my doors with some outdoor paint soon. 


Outdoor Paint

Even though outdoor/exterior paint is usually acrylic or latex based it still has it's purpose. The extra properties added to the paint make it durable and weather resistant. This doesn't have to be just on the exterior of your home. It can be for other projects as well.

So there we have 5 different types of paints and how they are used.  I hope this was helpful in deciding which paint to choose for your next DIY project.

If you are in doubt, you can email me or just read the labels and ask at the paint department of the store.  If you have the right paint, your project should be a breeze!

Happy painting,


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