Painting your very first piece of furniture. What you need to know

If you would like to paint furniture but don’t know where to begin, below is a step by step guide on how to go about creating your own masterpiece.

Supplies needed:

  • Small piece of wood furniture (a nightstand may be a good option)
  • Sanding paper or sander (depending on the condition of the furniture piece)
  • Primer
  • Paint (water based interior paint), we like to use Valspar Signature Paint in Eggshell from Lowe’s
  • Small paint brush
  • 4” Paint Roller and tray kit )
  • Paint tray liners X2
  • Polycrylic finish (we recommend flat
  • Mineral Spirit
  • Rag (old t-shirt or towel will do)
  • Nitrile Gloves
  • Mask

About Me

Hi, I am Duška. With the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic in March of 2020, I found myself seeking new ways to stay busy. What I thought would be one and done project, turned into something special. I found paining to be very relaxing and even encouraged my sisters to join me. I love sharing new tips and tricks we learn along the way and look forward to sharing them with you.

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Apply gloves and a mask and follow the instructions on the back of the paint gallon, ensuring that you are painting in well ventilated area. According to Valspar Signature Paint instructions, optimal painting temperature is 50 °F – 90 °F.


  • Inspect the piece of furniture to ensure it is made of wood and not compressed wood/laminate/plastic etc. Preferably, it has not been painted as it would require more work to refinish.
  • Depending on the piece of furniture, you may be able to use a hand sanding block and sand to expose the natural wood. If the furniture piece has been painted or has a lot of scratches/damage, you may need to use a sanding tool to sand out any uneven surfaces in order to expose the wood.
  • Once done, dip the rag into the Mineral Spirit and wipe down the furniture piece to remove any dust particles and set aside
  • Stir the primer using the stirring stick prior to pouring into the paint tray
  • Place the roller on the handle and you are ready to prime
  • Prime the entire furniture piece by ensuring that you are not applying too much primer (you do not want the roller to drip). Primer drips once dry, are difficult to remove so pay special attention that you remove any drips as you prime
  • Generally, two layers of primer will provide great coverage
  • Make sure the first layer is dry prior to applying second layer
  • Set aside and prepare paint for application
  • Stir the paint using a stirring stick prior to pouring it in the paint tray and place the new roller on the handle
  • Depending on the color of paint used, you may need to apply 3-4 coats (waiting for each coat to fully dry prior to applying the next)
  • Once the paint is dry and you are pleased with the color, you are ready to apply the protective polycrylic layer
  • Using a brush, apply the protective product to any high touch point surfaces (top of the nightstand). Generally 2-3 layers should suffice (waiting for each coat to fully dry prior to applying the next)
  • Once dry, congratulations you are all done! Enjoy your new masterpiece!