A Guide to Painting Wood – Tips and Tricks to Get the Perfect Finish

Painting wood can be a pain if you don’t use the right techniques and materials. Fortunately, it’s not as tough as you think once you learn the basics. In this piece, we’ve picked out some fantastic projects that not only show what’s possible with wood paint, but also demonstrate how to achieve the best results. What’s more, we’ll settle the age-old debate about whether you should paint wood or not!

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1. What’s the Best Wood Paint?

According to Natalie, the best wood paint is chalk paint. Alternatively, a clay-based paint will also do the job, as both types provide a flat finish and, importantly,

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2. How to Paint Wood Furniture

Painting wood is a science. As At Home with the Ellingtons have shown us, prep is crucial. When painting their kitchen, they worked in sections, labeling each part as

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3. Painting Wood – Three Unique Looks

In this project from Val Frania, you can see how different shades can create a unique look. After sanding and repairing her antique dresser, Old Fashioned Milk Paint gave

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4. Get Creative When Painting Over Stained Wood

Turning 80s stained wood into a modern marvel requires paint, wax, and creativity. For this project, BJ Massa sketched flowers on the tabletop and filled in with Espresso

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5. Painting Wood Paneling Takes Time

Painting wood paneling isn’t the same as giving drywall a new look. According to Abby, the key to success is in prep using TSP and in cutting in. Take your time cutting

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6. Wood Floor Paint Wonders

Painting wood floors doesn’t require endless hours of sanding. According to Hometalker Janet, a high bonding thick primer is ideal for covering up imperfections. For this

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7. Be Bold When You Paint Wood Cabinets

Wooden cabinets need to be bold. Whether they’re standalone or part of your kitchen, they should be a focal point like this project from At Home with the Ellingtons. To

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8. Paint Wood, Don't Hide Wood

The grandeur of walnut isn’t something you want to hide. As you can see, Megan chose to enhance her table’s innate qualities rather than cover them up. The basic elements

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9. Stencil Success – Painting Over Stained Wood

Instead of painting over stained wood, why not work with it. In this project, M&M Embellishments used a maple stained table as the base for a rose design. After drawing

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10. What to Do When Wood Paint Gets Wet

When you’ve just painted a wooden surface, there’s nothing worse than a watermark. Well, according to Debbie, all you need is Zinsser Bulls Eye Spray Shellac to solve the

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11. Watery Wood Painting Technique

Ever seen furniture that flows like water? For this dresser, Creative Moments used milk paint to achieve a unique finish. Firstly, she layered Miss Mustard Seed milk

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12. A Star is Born - Intergalactic Wood Paint

Wood paint doesn’t have to be boring. For her son’s space-themed room, Michelle made a spiral pattern on the surface of the wood. After misting with water, she put a

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13. Wood Paint as Smooth as Velvet

For a velvety smooth finish like this one from Lotus Theory Designs, try blending and sanding. Using three velvet paints, this Hometalker sprayed on a basecoat before

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14. The Best Paint for Vintage Furniture

When you’re painting wood, materials matter. With that in mind, what’s the best paint for vintage pieces? According to Genevre, it’s Mudpaint, which she has used for

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15. Soft Wood Finishes Need Hardware

One of the most overlooked aspects of painting wood is the hardware around it. In this project, Sarah Top found that grey and cream was the right combination to create a

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16. How to Paint Wood Without Being Perfect

Not all wood painting projects need to be perfect. For this console table, Jenni wanted a distressed look. That meant leaving its imperfections in place. Still, she

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17. A Little Wood Paint Goes a Long Way

It took just five paints and an hour of work to transform this dining room set. Dixie Belle Paint Company used different colors and the paint stretched a lot further than

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