About Furniture Paint

Our unique formulation will adhere to most surfaces and dry fast to a smooth matte finish.

Paint Description


Black Dog Salvage Furniture Paint, is a water-based, low VOC, matte finish paint originally developed for our custom design shop. Our goal was to create a safe and easy-to-use paint that is customizable for our, and now your, furniture projects. Made in small batches in Ohio, our paint line includes 16 pre-mixed colors, including a true black and white, affording you the ability to mix custom tints and shades. There is no limit to the colors you can create. Black Dog Furniture Paint dries to a velvety, matte finish and can be used on a multitude of surfaces, including glass, metal, wood, and ceramics. Black Dog Salvage Furniture Paint can be applied over paint, varnish, lacquer, or poly. Apply the paint to a clean surface using either the brush of your choice or a paint sprayer. Easily create distressed effects, washes, or bright, bold, contemporary finishes with our expandable palette.


Finish Your Piece with One of Our Top Coats


When your project is completed, don’t forget to protect it with one of our topcoats. Guard Dog and Show Dog are water-based, interior Poly/Acrylic topcoats designed as durable final finishes for Black Dog Salvage Furniture Paint. Both topcoats can be applied by brush or sprayer, build quickly, and are self-leveling. We recommend Show Dog for use over white and pastel and colors as it will not amber. Both Guard Dog and Show Dog are available in matte and satin sheens.


Color Descriptions

Appalachian Sunset

Appalachian Sunset

Like the beautiful sunsets over the Appalachian Mountains! Add a splash of sunset to your next project with this beautiful pinkish-red hue.

Baby I’m Amaized

Baby I’m Amaized

A cross between clean straw and butterscotch, warm and comfy.

Black Dog

Black Dog

The signature color of Black Dog Salvage Furniture Paint. A true, deep velvety black that can be used on its own or be mixed with any of our other colors to create a deeper hue or shade.

Blue Ridge

Blue Ridge

Aptly named for the beautiful mountain range that graces our area. This blue captures the true essence of our landscape.

Caution: Dogs at Work

Caution: Dogs at Work

A bright, fresh tangerine orange sure to brighten up and enliven your project piece.

Clean Canvas

Clean Canvas

A true white, crisp and clean. It can be applied to your project by itself or mixed with any of our colors to create the tint of your choice.

Dirt

Dirt

We deal with a lot of real dirt in salvage, but this brown dries to rich velvety chocolate.

Dog Bone

Dog Bone

Creamy linen neutral that goes with everything across the board, the color that pulls every ensemble together.

Galvanized

Galvanized

This tranquil, smoky gray is a great neutral for any project.

Go Green

Go Green

A vibrant emerald green created to breathe new life into your next up-cycled piece.

That’s Going to Leave a Mark

That’s Going to Leave a Mark

Named in honor of the Black Dog Salvage crew for all the purple bruises acquired during adventures in the salvage field. A true plum, that looks better on your project than our legs.

I Need a Bandage

I Need a Bandage

Named for Black Dog Salvage co-owner Mike Whiteside’s propensity to need a bandage on the job. We’ve all heard him say it. This deep, rich red will add a great “Pop” of color to your next project.

Keep It Teal

Keep It Teal

Reveals a deep blue-green, dark cyan reminiscent of rejuvenating island waters.

Patinio Greenio

Patinio Greenio

We love a good patina at the Dog. This crisp apple green will add a touch of fresh spring color to any project.

Roanoke Rain

Roanoke Rain

Conveys as a tranquil, soothing, dusty blue. Think robin’s egg, sea glass, and the sound of rain on a tin roof.

Star City Sunshine

Star City Sunshine

Named for the shining symbol of our hometown, The Roanoke Star, a bright and welcoming lemon yellow.

Facts About Paint

  • Low VOC’s
  • Water Based
  • Low Odor
  • Mixable Palette: add white to create a tint/lighten any color, add black to create a shade/darken any color. Add color’s complement to dull color
  • Can be used over: varnish, lacquer, poly, paint, stain, bare wood, metal, and glass.
  • Must clean your piece before painting. We suggest using TSP(Trisodium Phosphate) or Krud Kutter. Remember to wipe down your piece with clear water after cleaning to remove any residue. Do not use products like dishwashing soap or Murphy’s Oil Soap to prep for paint.
  • No priming needed. Sand any chipped or scratched areas.
  • Dries to a smooth matte finish
  • The paint must be top coated with either Guard Dog or Show Dog. Both top coats are available in Matte or Satin sheens. We recommend using Show Dog over white and pastel hues.
  • Both the paint and the top coats can be sprayed or brushed. When spraying follow the diluting recommendations in your sprayer manual. Use only distilled water to dilute the paint and top coats.
  • Paint and Top Coat are self-leveling, i.e. no brush marks
  • For the best results apply two coats of paint, allow to dry for 24-36 hours, and apply two coats of top coat.
  • Allow two to three hours between coats of paint. Allow 24 to 36 hours of drying time before applying top coat.

Download a copy of our printable furniture paint fact sheet here