Craft DIY home decor using an unfinished table and clever paint techniques that create the illusion of age.
- Unfinished table
- Mineral spirits
- Wood putty
- 180-grit sandpaper
- Tinted sealer
- Milk paint
- Tack cloth
- Clear, water-based finish
- Prepare and prime: Use mineral spirits to remove wax, dirt and grime. Fill cracks and holes with wood putty, then lightly sand. Apply a coat of tinted sealer; it’s what you’ll see once you “rub through” the top coat.
- Apply the milk paint: Mix the milk paint per the manufacturer’s instructions. Apply the first coat; then, when dry, lightly sand to remove “fuzz.” Apply second coat.
- Antique it: Lightly sand the surface with 180-grit sandpaper to get the desired distressed look. Remove dust with tack cloth. Apply a coat of clear, water-based finish for extra durability.
Note: Most cities have stores that sell unfinished furniture. None nearby? Target sells a line of unfinished furniture via its website that is relatively low priced and sent right to your door. Just type “ready to finish” into the website’s search bar.