How to Paint Primitive Wood Crafts

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Achieving a primitive country look when painting wood crafts depends to a large degree on the shades of paint selected along with a few finishing touches. Seek out colors that are more muted and subtle and avoid bold primary colors that are out of place in a primitive country setting. While country wood craft projects are usually smaller undertakings than full-sized pieces of furniture, many of the same painting techniques apply. A combination of warm colors and simple sanding techniques after painting will achieve a weathered and primitive appearance for country wood crafts.

Things You'll Need

  • Unfinished wooden wall shelf
  • One sheet of 80 to 100 grit medium-grade sandpaper
  • Two sheets of 150 to 180 grit light-grade sandpaper
  • Soft, damp cloth
  • Primer
  • Acrylic paint in a primitive country shade
  • Two 1 1/2 inch paintbrushes
  • Wood stain
  • Two 1 1/2 inch foam brushes
  • Polyurethane finish

Preparing the Wood

  • Seal any holes or imperfections in the wood with a quick-drying wood filler. Push the filler into the hole and remove any excess filler with a putty knife. Allow the filler to dry for about 1 1/2 hours.

  • Sand the wood with a medium-grit sandpaper. Make sure that you follow the grain of the wood as you sand and work only in that direction. Sand again with fine-grit sandpaper.

  • Clean the piece with a soft, damp cloth to remove all of the dust from sanding. Remove all of the sandpaper dust from the work area as well.

Painting the Wood

  • Apply acrylic paint using the 1 1/2 inch paintbrush. Use even strokes that go in the same direction as the grain of the wood. Allow the paint to dry for one hour.

  • Sand corners and edges of the piece with fine-grit sandpaper. Work on areas that would have received the most wear and tear over the years. This step adds a sense of age to the item.

  • Apply an even and light coat of acrylic wood stain in the color of your choice with a foam brush to help mute the color and add a primitive quality to the piece. Allow the stain to dry for about three hours.

  • Apply a satin acrylic polyurethane finish with a foam brush. Don't use a high gloss finish as this will take away from the primitive country appearance. Allow the finish to dry for about three hours before handling.

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