How to Paint in the Primitive Style


Primitive country style painting requires special painting techniques to help achieve this traditional style appearance in your projects. Primitives look time-worn and rustic, even if they were just made. These types of paint treatments are applied to furniture and home furnishings for cottage and country style homes and living spaces. Light blues, barn reds and whites are all traditional colors used in primitive painting techniques.

Things You'll Need

  • Wooden object
  • Fine-grit sandpaper
  • Tack cloth
  • Craft paint
  • Craft brushes
  • Antique glaze
  • Clear sealant
  • Sand the wooden object with fine-grit sandpaper to prepare the surface for the paint treatment.

  • Clean the surface of the wood with a tack cloth to remove dust just before painting.

  • Apply a base coat of paint with a craft brush. Allow the paint to dry at least four hours.

  • Sand the corners and edges lightly to simulate areas of wear on the wooden object. Wipe off the surface with a tack cloth.

  • Brush on an antiquing glaze over the painted wooden object. This will help create the primitive style by aging the appearance of the finish. Allow the glaze to dry for at least four hours.

  • Apply an even coat of clear wood sealant. Allow the sealant to dry 24 hours before handling the object.

Tips & Warnings

  • Try different glazes to achieve various worn or aged effects on your primitive styled projects.
  • Wear eye protection when sanding wood.

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