finished work table

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.

unfinished wood table

Remove dust and dirt

Brush the entire piece with a whisk broom to remove all dirt or dust to ensure a smooth finish.

clean table with brush

Prepare paint

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.**

make paint mixture

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.

adjust sprayer speed

Turn the nozzle

Place the nozzle spray pattern on a horizontal setting.

place sprayer on 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 table underside

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.

spray table top

Turn the nozzle

Switch the sprayer nozzle to a vertical spray pattern for spraying the legs.

set sprayer to vertical pattern

Spray the legs

Spray both the inside and outside of the legs.

spray table 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.

let dry and spray with matte finish

Craft away

Place the completed table in your craft space and begin all those projects you've been dying to start.

finished work table
Products Used


Chalk paint

Clear matte acrylic urethane

Whisk broom brush

Painter's tape

Drop cloth

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