Work It Out
An unfinished work table longs to fit into a clean and streamlined craft room with a natural look. Create your own stain with chalk paint to lighten the wood, while still showing off the wood grain.
What You'll Need:
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.
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.**
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.
Place the nozzle spray pattern on a horizontal setting. 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.
Turn the table back upright and paint the table top, continuing to hold the sprayer six-to-eight inches away from the surface.
Switch the sprayer nozzle to a vertical spray pattern when working on both the inside and outside of the legs.
Let the table dry thoroughly and then spray thoroughly with a matte finish acrylic urethane to provide an extra layer of protection.