How to Paint Pine Furniture

Upcycled Furniture
Before Upcycle

Remember the days of Pine ceilings teamed with pine floors, skirting board and doors. All different shades of orange varnish stains. Well those days are gone! Pine furniture is good quality, and really comes up lovely when painted. It’s such a transformation and with the good bones of the pine wood its one of the most satisfying makeovers.

Pine is usually heavily varnished so you may need to little more elbow grease that another piece. As always Prep is key for painting any furniture not only pine. This chest of drawers is a common piece of furniture to come. You could pick one of these up for about €60 and usually there isn’t anything major wrong with them, maybe a loose drawer end that would be easily put back together with a staple or nail.

Furniture legs can be a great additional element to change up the look of a piece and give it a little extra height.

Painted Furniture
Colour Plan

What you need for this project:

These can all be purchased on Crowns Decorating Centre Website

  • Sugar Soap
  • Tack Cloth
  • Sanding Block Medium Grade or 120 grit sandpaper
  • Mask
  • New furniture legs I got HERE
  • New Handles I got HERE
  • Crowns Fast Flow Primer and Undercoat
  • Crowns Quick Dry Fast Flow Satin in the following colours :
  • White shade:
  • Mint Green:
  • Yellow:
  • Pink light:
  • Pink Medium
  • Painters Tape
  • Paint brush


Clean down the whole piece of furniture by spraying sugar soap and leaving it or about a minute to break down some of the dirt and grim. Don’t be fooled by pine, most of the time it looks clean, but you would be surprised by how much dirt you I’ll see on your cloth.

Give it a wipe down with a lightly damped cloth (make sure its not a wet cloth)

With a sanding block or sander, sand the whole piece down always making sure you are going in the direction of the grain. Going in the direction of the grain will prevent any scratches. I always do the awkward areas first, so around the drawer edge and harder to reach places and then go for the flatter areas. Make sure you are wearing a dust mask when sanding.

Remove all the dust, you can use a hoover and brush attachment to get rid of most of the dust and then come in with a tack cloth to get rid of the last few bits of dust that are harder to see.

Paint all the awkward areas first with the brush and then paint the larger areas with a micro fibre roller. Leave to fully dry. Don’t worry about getting full coverage you may risk putting too much paint on your piece which will lead to a bad finish. Just make sure all the surface area is painted.

Once this is fully dry, paint a layer of Crowns fast Flow quick dry satin. I used the shade white glove.

I used the same method as above, painting the awkward areas first and then using the roller for the larger areas. Leave to fully dry and the do a second coat.

If after the first coat you have any imperfections, make sure you sand them down and remove any of the dust with a tack cloth.

Once you have an overall paint finish on your piece now is time for the fun part. I made a little triangle template with a piece of paper do that I could ensure all the triangles were going to be the same size. I placed the triangle in position and tapped the whole way around it with painter’s tape. Make sure that you press down all the edges with your thumb so that no paint can leak underneath.

Then start painting in your triangles. Some colours may need two coats of paint. If that’s the case leave the tape on until you have the second coat painted. But the minute it has a second coat on, remove the tape you don’t need to let the paint dry. Add as many colours and triangles as you like.

I added some handles that just screwed in the back.

To straighten out the end of the dresser I used a jigsaw. First, I straighten out the end and with a ruler and pencil so I could follow the line. I then cut along the line with the jigsaw.

I screwed on a plate for each leg in each corner of the dresser and primed and painted the legs. Once the leg where dry, I screwed them into position.

Check out the full video tutorial I made for Crown Paints

Disclaimer: This blog post was part of a paid collaboration with Crown Paints.