Work It Out
A clean and dedicated work table provides infinite creative possibilities.
Take an unfinished work table and give it a finished natural look. It will be the perfect addition to any craft room, giving it a clean and streamlined look. Create your own stain with chalk paint to lighten the wood, while still showing off the wood grain.
Prepare your work area
Begin with an unfinished piece of wood furniture that is free of any protective coating. Place it on a drop cloth and tape off any hardware or fixtures that you want to keep paint-free.
Remove dust and dirt
Brush the entire piece with a whisk broom to remove all dirt or dust to ensure a smooth finish.
Mix two cups of chalk paint with one cup of water, and pour the spray stain mixture into the sprayer cup and prepare the sprayer.
**What is spray stain? Spray stain is made by diluting chalk paint in a 2-to-1 paint-to-water ratio. It creates a thin, transparent layer that coats the wood to create a finish, but is shear enough to continue to show off the wood grain.**
Select the appropriate sprayer setting
Place the paint flow setting on the minimum speed. Thin paint stain has a low viscosity and will flow too quickly on a high setting.
Turn the nozzle
Place the nozzle spray pattern on a horizontal setting.
Spray the underside of the table
Turn the table upside down so you can spray the underside of the table first.
Spray the underside of the table in a horizontal pattern, holding the sprayer six-to-eight inches away from the surface.
Spray the top of the table
Turn the table back upright and paint the table top, continuing to hold the sprayer six-to-eight inches away from the surface.
Turn the nozzle
Switch the sprayer nozzle to a vertical spray pattern for spraying the legs.
Spray the legs
Spray both the inside and outside of the legs.
Let paint dry and add protective coating
Let the table dry thoroughly and then spray thoroughly with a matte finish acrylic urethane to provide an extra layer of protection.
Place the completed table in your craft space and begin all those projects you've been dying to start.
Clear matte acrylic urethane
Whisk broom brush
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