How to Paint Furniture (the short-cut way)

A couple of years ago my wife and I sold an old handmade pine book shelf in a yard sale.  We recently ran into the woman who bought it.  She’s a local artist and she was excited to tell us how she had used her painting talent to transform the once drab pine bookcase into a focal point in her entryway.  Now, why didn’t we think of that?!

As a house painter, I focus on painting siding, walls, ceiling and trim.  I tend to forget how easily you can freshen up a space by making over a piece of furniture.

Karla Nathan of Karla’s Cottage offers an easy tutorial on how to paint furniture the short-cut way.

Check out Karla’s before and after photos below.  Read her simple how-to instructions here.  In fact, they’re so easy that I might have to try it on a butler’s desk that’s been sitting in my garage for years!

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