Painting Unfinished Furniture

I've had about a million projects going on around here.
My true creative personality is raging, and by that I mean that I have had trouble finishing what I start.
I get one thing going, and then I need a break to get re-inspired, and then I start on something else and it's a downward spiral.
However, I've been diligent about making it upward spiral over the past month.
I finally got some vision, some clarity.
Anyway, my mama got me these two precious bedside tables that were handmade for a steal-$20 a piece!
It took me forever to decide what color I wanted to paint them, because I had to decide what exactly I was going to to with the guest bedrooms. More on that later.
Here are the tools I used: 2 types of sanding blocks-one for initial use on unfinished wood, the second for use between coats of paint; Kilz latex primer + a brush, and Krylon Fusion spray paint; a drill to drill holes for the knobs on the drawers, and drawer pulls.
I took some cardboard out in the yard away from anything that I didn't want to get paint on.
I took out the drawers and sanded the tables and drawers completely, then I used a damp cloth to wipe off all the dust.
After the tables were dry I painted a good coat of Kilz latex primer using a brush on every part of the tables and drawers.
After the primer was completely dry I sanded the tables lightly once again using the sanding block for between coats.
After that I used a damp cloth again to wipe away any dust and let them dry, then I started spray painting the tables.
It took about 3 cans, but made the job much faster. I would let the tables dry, then check for places that needed to be touched up, and paint again-then I'd repeat those steps a few times until I was certain that there were no missed spots and the paint was smooth.
The tables turned out more beautiful than I imagined!
I am so thrilled with the outcome!
I got the drawer knobs at Hobby Lobby when they were 50% off, so I got them for $4 a piece.
The reason the spray paint looks so great is because of the brand and type I used.
If you are going to use spray paint to paint anything of importance, PLEASE use Krylon Fusion-it's great for wood and plastic and it dries in 15 minutes.
I used it to paint the shutters at the clinic and they look brand new.
This project took about 6 hours to complete form start to finish including drying time.
I hope this inspires you to try something that seems difficult, but in reality isn't.
The biggest turn-off about it is the sanding and priming, but it really is totally worth the results!
Hopefully I'll have the finishing touches put on this guest bedroom soon so I can show y'all what it looks like!


  1. HI- I found your blog from Kelly's Korner tailgate feature last week and I have loved reading it. I actually work at UGA so it's neat to see those gameday pics on here. I also know where Daisy and Forsyth are! :) I clicked on your pinterest button and I could totally live in any house you designed - love your pins. Speaking of, are you a FACS graduate? I was a consumer journalism grad from there back in 1996 (please don;t tell me how old you were then! :) Anyway - just wanted to say hi and that I love seeing your great pics and reading about you and your sweet husband. Go Dawgs!

  2. Wow! Those turned out great! The drawer pulls really give them some bling! :)

  3. Loved this.I adore your southern style. I'm hoping to see what you do with decorating during the upcoming holidays!

  4. They turned out to looks so cute! Great job on them girlie :)

  5. What a wonderful transformation!! :)


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