Hello amazing friends! I’m here today sharing the best way to paint unfinished wood furniture. I’m also teaming up with my Furniture Fixer Upper gal pals, so be sure to look for five more awesome makeovers from my friends at the bottom.
My Dad used to make these wood tables back in the day when he, my Mom, and I did several craft markets each year:
My Mom would paint scenes on them and they sold like hotcakes.
They had a few leftover, and I painted one a couple of years ago and shared it HERE.
My Mom has been sick for most of November and thank goodness she is on the mend now, but it’s going to be a while before she’s back to her old energetic go go go self. So I decided to surprise my parents this past weekend by decorating their house for Christmas for them while they were out of town. It was so fun to play with all her decorations! She was so surprised and so grateful as I knew she would be.
(You can see the surprise makeover I did on some of my parents’ furniture while they were out of town a couple of years ago HERE!)
Anyway, when I was rootin around in their storage room, I came across three more of these unfinished tables. My Mom keeps telling me to take them so I finally did.
I thought this was a great chance to share how I paint unfinished pieces just in case someone out there has never tackled one before.
First, let’s see how this one turned out, shall we?
I’m really in Christmas mode at the moment and I wanted to paint this red so badly, but I was afraid it would just sit in my booth. Then I remembered I had this pretty green from Country Chic Paint called Happy Hour!
This is a beautiful soft green and has kind of a coastal vibe to it.
Now let’s back up a bit and see how I got to this point. I’ve included a few affiliate links so you can find the products I use.
How to Paint Unfinished Wood Furniture
Always start unfinished wood projects with a good sanding. I use 220 grit sandpaper that I buy in sheets and cut into fours. Then I can easily wrap the sandpaper around an old foam sanding block:
As you can see I also filled in a few nail gun holes and imperfections using this wood filler.
Then I used my shop vac to vacuum all the dust, and a soft cloth to wipe it down once more.
Next, I busted out my primer. I’ve been really spoiled by chalk paint in that there is rarely a need to prime, but raw wood can really soak up the paint, so primer will save on paint.
One coat is plenty, and then it’s time for paint.
This table only needed one coat of paint since I was going for a coastal feel and didn’t mind if some of the white primer showed through…
But I wasn’t done here…I decided to add something fun to the top!
It may feel like Winter outside, but I snuck in some coastal! “What happens at the beach…stays at the beach.” I thought this could be cute for a beach rental, and there are several of those around here.
To add the graphics, I first created them in Photoshop Elements. You could also use Word or Pic Monkey. (I used Bickham Script font and Felix Titling font.) Then I opened my graphic in my Silhouette Cameo software and created a stencil out of contact paper:
I painted everything in with acrylic craft paint, brushing away from the edges as much as possible.
Then I peeled off the contact paper and tape as soon as I added the second coat.
I gave everything a fine sanding with 220 grit sand paper as soon as the graphic was dry.
Then I sealed with Dixie Belle’s Clear Coat in Satin.
I dressed up the drawer with a few stripes and a pretty glass knob:
The inside got primed and painted as well…
It was fun to deck it out for the Holidays!
My first wrapped presents of the year…
Ok that should be singular: present, since one of them is fake ha ha.
I hope you enjoyed this simple redo. I don’t use green too often, but it was fun to play it up with some of my Christmas decor!
There are five more furniture flips for you to see! Follow the links below the image to see the afters. I can’t wait to check them out myself!
Want even more painted furniture inspiration? Visit all of my Furniture Fixer Upper makeovers in one place HERE!
I’ll be back on Tuesday sharing some of my Christmas decor! Have an awesome weekend! 🙂
UPDATE: Check out Christmas in our kitchen HERE now!
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