Painted Furniture Step By Step

Hi everyone!

I’ve got a quick question for you.

How does a furniture painter know when she might have drug one too many curbside finds in to her basement?

Well…when her son finds a toad in a dresser drawer.

Ha.  It kind of freaked him out.

So…I’ve got several pieces I’m working on right now, and I thought it would be fun to share my painted furniture step by step.

Minus the toad.

Let’s start with this old drop leaf table I bought from a sweet lady’s garage.


painted furniture step by step



My plan is to paint this table in Maison Blanche Vintage Furniture Paint in Wrought Iron,  and distress it.

But I HATE the base color.  It’s a very orangey red stain, and the last thing I want showing through when I distress the black.

In the photo above, the table has been sanded down to remove most of the top coat.

The next step was a coat of General Finishes gel stain, wiped on with a rag.  I wasn’t too meticulous about it because my goal was just to fix the base color so I like what peeked through after sanding.

Am I making sense?

Don’t answer that.  ;)

Here’s the table now, after a coat of stain in Antique Walnut.


painted furniture step by step 2



It’s not perfect, but much better.


painted furniture step by step 1


Tomorrow we add paint!

Thank you SO MUCH for visiting!

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4 thoughts on “Painted Furniture Step By Step

    1. Thank you Carole! Yes, the gel stain was amazingly easy to work with. I’m still a little nervous using stain, but it wiped on like a dream.

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