DIY Tutorial for Farmhouse “Primitive” Look Furniture


Have a piece of furniture that totally needs a face lift?

I did. I gave this small end table a new look using three quick steps. (under and hour!)
This technique can be used for anything wooden. Cupboards, shelves, coffee tables, etc. And you can use whatever color latex paint you like. I think the nicest results come from using black, cranberry, sage green and mustard colored bases. I usually use Minwax Jacobean Stain.

I put together this how-to video for painting furniture with a distressed, old, farmhouse finish. Enjoy!



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  1. Jenn says:

    Loved this, Sarah! Even more though, I loved seeing you again, friend. Makes me miss ya. Good job! Hope to do this soon to a little table at my home sweet home. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Johanna says:

    I always loved the farmhouse look at your house!

  3. Jennifer says:

    Sarah—what I couldn’t figure out is if you started out with a piece of furniture that you’d already stripped? What do I need to do to get my end table to the point you started?

    • Sarah Beals says:

      No, it doesn’t have to be stripped. If there is a glossy finish on it, rub it with sandpaper so that the paint will adhere. Otherwise you could just start with the black / base paint.

  4. Kathy says:

    If I chose to use a lighter colour spray paint, what color stain would I use on the wear marks then? If I used a light farmhouse blue spray paint, then what? Thanks for the video! This is great, and I can’t wait to try it on a couple things!!

    • Sarah Beals says:

      Hi Kathy, You can use the same color on a farmhouse blue. It looks fabulous. I like to use the darkest minwax stain I have. I’ve even used the dark stain over a creamy ivory color and the look is amazing. Just rub the stain on and then rub it off again quickly. It gives it a nice, old aged look. Good luck!! :)

  5. Pam says:

    I have a fireplace I am wanting to distress. It is an electric oak one I bought several years ago at Lowes. I love red, but was wondering about the dark stain over the sanded edges. Will this work? Thank you.

    • Sarah Beals says:

      Do you mean that you want to paint the piece dark red, then sand the edges? If yes, then this will surely work. Sand down into the bare wood, then apply the stain to darken. Send pics! :)

  6. MyrTice ledford says:

    Hello,I was wondering in your video you state spray paint is that flat semi gloss glossy.?

    • Sarah Beals says:

      You can use whatever you like. I tend to want a little gloss (semi-gloss) so it cleans up easier with a house full of kids. :)