How to Paint Kitchen Cabinets – Complete Guide

How to paint kitchen cabinets

Remodeling your kitchen can be one of the biggest expenses a homeowner has. On average it cost between $10,000 & $15,000 to replace your kitchen cabinets.  Did you know that you can simply paint your cabinets for a fraction of the price?


With a few quick DIY tips you can be painting your kitchen cabinets in no time. I will walk you step-by-step droopy entire process of painting your kitchen cabinets.

Kitchen Cabinets

Should I just replace my cabinets?

Before we get started painting our kitchen cabinets  let’s start by taking a look at our cabinets. Is there any damage or excess wear & tear to the cabinets?  If there is excess wear-and-tear or damage can it be repaired?

Minor  scrapes and bruises can easily be repaired by a  weekend warrior! If you’re cabinets are falling apart at the seams it may be time to compare repair vs replacement costs.  

The average cost of a standard base can run anywhere from $200 – $500 plus installation costs.  You can see how these costs can quickly add up.  

If you’re unsure whether your cabinets are worth fixing you can always find a local Handy man.  If you’re in the St Johns FL area this is something that I specialize in and save folks money all the time over replacement costs.  Contact me HERE

Picking the right color for your kitchen cabinets

Now that you have determined your cabinets are in good shape to paint let’s get started.   First you’ll need to choose the color of the paint that best fits your needs.

Farmhouse kitchen

Do you have a Small Space?

Consider the size of your kitchen!  If you have a small or confined kitchen space you will want to stick with lighter colors.  This will make your space feel much larger & more open than it may be.

Selling your home soon?

Are you selling your home anytime soon?  If so you will want to stick with neutral colors so that you don’t scare away any potential buyers.  Some homeowners may not have an eye for design or DIY skills that you do.

Surrounding decor, walls & backsplash colors

Also consider the design & color of your backsplash or surrounding walls.  Many homeowners decide to go with a more neutral cabinet color and add accent colors to the walls or backsplash.  It is much easier to add accent colors with temporary decor. Home Decor can change the entire feel of a room with little effort

What is the current finish on your cabinet?

First you will need to determine whether it’s oil-based or water-based finish that is currently on your kitchen cabinets. This will make a huge difference in deciding what  prep work is needed to paint your kitchen cabinets.


To determine whether the finish is oil-based or water-based you simply need to raid your wife’s bathroom cabinet for some nail polish remover. The nail polish remover must contain acetone. Acetone will remove some color from a water-based finish but not an oil-based finish.


Most kitchen doors are constructed of solid wood but the shells of a cabinet are often particle board covered in a vinyl or melamine material.

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Best paints for kitchen cabinets

Picking the right paint  can make or break a painting project.  If you only paint here and there it can be difficult to understand the differences between a quality paint and your basic paint.  


When painting Kitchen Cabinets my goto paint is Sherman Williams Pro Classic with Alkyd.  This is a water-based paint that also contains an oil additive. This has been the best paint by far that levels great, hiding most of your brush marks with ease.  The last thing you want to look at are brush marks on your freshly painted kitchen cabinets.


I typically us a Satin sheen for all my kitchen cabinet projects.  It is a step up from a flat sheen with minimal shine while adding the scrubbability factor.  Being able to wipe down your kitchen cabinets is vital in my house!

Kitchen Cabinets with doors off

Getting started - Stay Organized!

If this is your first  time taking on a bigger project it is key to stay organized. It is best to remove all your cabinet doors, drawer fronts  and hardware and paint elsewhere.

Label your cabinet doors

Go through & label every cabinet door starting at the top left and working your way around.  I use painters tape numbering your cabinets as you go. Taking the time to do this will save you any headache when trying to match the completed doors back to the right cabinet.

Removing the hardware

Starting with the first door you will need to remove the door from the cabinet.  Most cabinets have a standard hidden hinge. The newer style of hidden hinges typically have a release button that will separate the door from the cabinet side of the hinge.

Hidden hinges

Remove the Hinges

If there is no button on your hinge don’t worry.  There are 4 screws that hold the hinge in place. I find it easier to remove the screws from the cabinet side of the hinge starting with the bottom.  This makes it much easier to support the door while removing them.  


Regardless how the door is removed that is your first step.  After the hinges are removed from the door it is best practice to place the hinge in a ziplock back and label it for each door.  Most hidden hinges are adjustable and set to that specific door. This will save you time rather than adjusting all the doors at the end.

Cabinet door Knob

Remove the knobs or handles

Now remove the knob or handle from the door.  I like to place the screw/s into the knob after removed from the door so that they don’t get misplaced.  Place the know in the ziplock bag with the hinges.

Cabinet Door bumper

Remove the rubber bumpers

On most cabinets there is a tiny little rubber bumper attached to the doors.  They help to cut down on the door slamming into the face frame of the cabinet.  They are attached with double sided tape. Use a putty knife to pop those little guys off. 


I typically replace the bumpers.  The adhesive on the old bumpers typically doesn’t stick as well the second go around.  You can pick up enough for all your doors for a few dollars. They are sold at most big box stores like Home Depot or Lowes.

Starting the prepwork - Clean & Sanding

This is by far the most important step in painting your kitchen cabinets. The first thing you must do is wipe down all the surfaces you intend to paint with a degreaser.  I typically use mineral spirits or denatured alcohol to clean the surfaces that are being painted.

Take your time to remove all the dirt and grease that can build up on cabinets over the years.  Even if your cabinets appear clean never skip this step.

Sanded Cabinet Door

Sanding the surfaces

The second step in preparing your kitchen cabinets for paint is to sand the surfaces.  The wood surfaces such as doors and cabinet face frames are fairly easy. You don’t have to sand down surfaces to a bare wood, you just need to remove the clear coat.


The sides of a cabinet tend to be covered in a different material such as a vinyl or melamine.  These surfaces can be a bit difficult to paint. You MUST sand these surfaces pretty darn good to create a rough surface that paint actually wants to stick to.


When pre-sanding I like to start with an 80-120 grit sandpaper.  Orbital sanders sanders make easy work for sanding flat surfaces.  You may also want to consider picking up a pointed vibrating sander.  This will make sanding in corners a breeze.


When it comes down to the detailed trim or door profiles there is no simple solution.  There are foam sanding blocks that will make it more bearable but you make find its just as easy to use an 80 piece of sandpaper.


Just take your time with all the prepwork!  These although not that fun will make sure that the paint lasts.  There is nothing more disappointing than putting in all the work only to have it peel off later.

Let’s get to painting these kitchen cabinets

Get a nice Paint Brush

Now that you’ve done all the prep work, it’s time to get painting. If you don’t have a paint sprayer that’s ok.  Start purchasing a quality bristle paint brush. I prefer an angled Purdy brush which runs around $15. A fine bristle brush will help to minimize the amount of brush strokes.

Grab a small paint roller

Also grab a 4” – 6” paint roller.  This is key to covering up any brush marks left behind.  I prefer a smooth foam roller but you can get away with a fine nap roller as well.

Do you really need Primer?

The life long question, do you really need primer before painting your kitchen cabinets?  {Primer is definitely best practice to ensure that paints hold up over time. Spray paint primers such as Zinsser Bulls Eye work great for applying a quick coat or primer to your doors.  

Bulls Eye also sells paint by the gallon as well.  The difference between the Aerosol cans & gallon cans are the types of paint.  I find that oil based primers work best adding the most bang for your buck (and your time). 

What paint should you use on kitchen cabinets?

Sherman Williams ProClassic Interior Waterbased Acrylic-Alkyd is where it’s at.  Prior to using this product I had a difficult time covering up brush marks.  


ProClassic is tough, durable, has excellent adhesion, flow and leveling. The leveling factor this paint has to offer makes your brush strokes less visible for sure.

So how do you paint kitchen cabinets without a sprayer?

Start with the cabinet face frame in your kitchen.  The frames are the easiest part of the cabinets to paint.  Start by cutting the edges in with your paint brush. Use your 4”-6” paint roller for all areas possibly similar to painting a wall in your home.


When painting the doors start with your paint brush covering all areas that the paint roller can’t reach.  Then move to the paint roller covering all other areas. Where possible lightly roll over any brushed areas to work out brush strokes. 


Make sure to watch for paint drips or paint sagging.  If you notice and drips or sags that have started to dry it is best to let them dry and sand down after they have completely set up.

So how do you avoid brush strokes?

There are 2 key tips to reducing brush strokes.  First, using a quality paint such as Sherman Williams Proclassic.  Second, using a smooth foam roller to roll out brushed areas.

Graco Paint Sprayer

Do you want to try Spraying your cabinet doors?

If time is money and you have a space to set up for spraying go for it.  Spraying cabinet doors can be a great option for speeding up the entire process.  You will want to have a dedicated space that you can leave the doors to dry. I prefer to have the dry laying flat so that I avoid paint sag.


Laying out a few 2x4s in your garage would work best.  If you need to lay the doors outside to dry just make sure that they are away from trees or areas that potential debris can fall onto your newly painted doors.


I made a drying rack for our shop.  This allows use to stack the doors instead of taking up valuable floor space.  The drying rack is also on wheels which makes life much easier.

Do you need to sand between coats?

Between each coat of paint, after the surfaces are dry make sure to inspect all areas for drips.  If there are any drips, sags brush marks this is the time to same them out. Typically sanding that you do at this stage will be all done by hand.


Since the sanding done at this stage is purely for appearance, it is not necessary to over sand.  For major drips you can use a 120 – 150 grit sandpaper to remove the drips followed by a 220-320 grit to remove any sanding marks.  A 320 grit will help to make a smooth finish during the final stages

Do you need a clear coat?

Although a clear coat is not required it may help with normal wear & tear.  Test spots on your newly painted kitchen cabinets by scratching them with your finger nail.  They will help you decide whether you want a clear coat.

Clear coat beware...

Proceed with caution!  Allow paint to dry completely before applying clear coat.  I prefer using water-based products which is no different for a clear coat.  Minwax Polycrylic Water Based Protective Finish is my go to for clear coats.


Some clear coats will discolor the final paint color.  Polycrylic has been one product that has minimal color change.  The biggest challenge is dealing with yellowing after a clear coat is applied.  If this happens you will need to seal the surface with a Shellac and complete the painting process again.


I personally don’t use a clear coat over most of the quality paints.  A high end paint tends to hold up just fine on its own.

Painted kitchen cabinets

Final Steps - Put your kitchen back together

After everything has been painted and has had enough time to dry it’s time to put it all back together.  Reinstall all the hinges on the doors and attach doors to their cabinets. Attach your knobs, handles and new rubber bumpers.


Make sure that all doors open and close properly.  Also check to make sure that the tops of the doors are all inline.  If we are using the original hinge labeled for a particular door all should line up well.  If there was any mix up don’t worry.

Most hidden hinges are adjustable.  There are typically 2 adjustment screws.  Adjust these screws until the doors look and function correctly.

Final notes

Although taking on a large job such as painting your kitchen cabinets seem out of reach you can do it!  Make sure to do all the prep work, use quality paints & brushes and take your time!


If all else fails, check out our refinishing costs for some of the more common jobs. If your in the St Johns, FL area we can help!  Contact me for a quote HERE!


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Best water-based paint for Kitchen Cabinets

What paint should I use to paint kitchen cabinets?

Have you been thinking about taking on the task of repainting your kitchen cabinets?  Today there are so many different types of paint on the market that it can be confusing.  I have been building and painting cabinets for a few years know and have come to my favorite Paint choice.

ProClassic Interior Waterbased Acrylic – Alkyd  by Sherman Williams is currently my favorite paint for repainting kitchen cabinets. ProClassic is available in an alkyd formula for use in non-restricted areas. In one formula, it offers the best of all worlds: the application and finish of the alkyd, the non-yellowing properties of an acrylic, and it’s sure to help you get the job done faster. 

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How to prepare kitchen cabinets for paint.

DO NOT skip the prep work!  I have used many different types of paint, regardless of claims always properly prepare cabinets.

  • Start by removing all doors & hardware.  
  • When your not using a paint sprayer it is much easier to paint kitchen cabinet doors while laying flat.  
  • Take the time to tape off the areas in the cabinet frames or against the walls where you don’t want paint.
  • Wipe down all surfaces with Denatured alcohol or a Mineral Spirit.  
  • Lightly sand all surfaces starting with 80 grit and ending with a 220 grit.  
  • Wipe down all surfaces with Denatured alcohol or a Mineral Spirit for a final cleaning.  
  • Get started priming & painting

IMPORTANT TEST:  After your first coat of primer/paint is dry do a finger nail test in various areas.  Scratch the surface to see if the paint can be removed.  If you comes off you will need to sand these areas more.  Cabinet side can be extremely difficult at times to get good adhesion. 

Can you paint Kitchen cabinets without a sprayer?

YES….There is always this assumption that you need to own a fancy paint sprayer to paint kitchen cabinets and that just not the case.   I have found that using ProClassic with Alkyd dries extremely smooth even without a sprayer.  ProClassic Acrylic-Alkyd provides excellent flow, leveling and sag resistance – and leaves no brush or roller marks.

How do you avoid brush strokes when painting kitchen cabinets without a sprayer?

To avoid brush strokes you will want to start by using a quality paint brush & a foam paint roller.  The trick is to start with a brush and then roll over everything with a smooth foam paint roller to remove as many of the brush strokes before the paint starts to dry. 

It is very important to work quickly so that the brushed paint doesn’t dry before it is rolled.  Take it one door at a time!

What kind of paint sprayer should I buy?

I have tried many different paint sprayers and have come down to one of my favorites. For small jobs such as cabinets or furniture painting I recommend Graco TrueCoat 360 DSP Electric TrueAirless Sprayer.  This is considered a DIY paint sprayer, is extremely easy to use and affordable (around $200)!

The TrueCoat 360 DSP sprayer combines precision, speed and control with true airless spray technology to deliver a professional finish for your painting and staining projects. A rugged storage case and six additional FlexLiner paint bags ensure you’re always ready for your next project.


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I am a seasoned woodworker with many years’ experience creating custom furniture among other projects. In 2015 my family and I relocated from Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania to sunny Saint Johns, FL. It is here that I refined my skills into fine woodworking & home decor. I currently specialize in rustic home decor & furnishings. This has given me the opportunity to explore the creative side of woodworking to a different level.


This site is owned and operated by Home Built Woodworking. Home Built Woodworking is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Home Built Woodworking also participates in affiliate programs with Clickbank and other sites. Home Built Woodworking is compensated for referring traffic and business to these companies.

DIY projects with pallets

A home which
has all its spaces designed in a gorgeous, desired manner and has stylish
furnishings is usually the dream of any homeowner. If you are able to
accomplish this it can offer you pleasure and a sense of satisfaction. Through
pallet projects, you can reuse any pallets which have been discarded away so
that you can have a better home which is well decorated.

In case you
like DIY items for your yard and home which does not cost a lot of money, then
these DIY projects with pallets can be the best choice for you.

1. Pallet
planter Box

The planter
box is very useful in planting flowers and some plants like fruit-bearing
plants in a homestead or compound so as to make it appealing. It is also
important in making the best fittings and furniture for one’s house.

directions on how to use it are very simple as they can be understood by both
non-experienced and experienced carpenters. The planter box can be simply
created with the pallet wood and this leads to its interesting frugal DIY.

You can try
this by simply looking for a hammer, some nails, a pallet wood, and a saw and
follow the given procedure to make a planter box.

Pallet Shelf

2. Outdoor
balcony fittings made of pallets

made of pallets can certainly improve a veranda, balcony or platform. It will
surely be the best first project for a trainee, unfortunately, one will require
a huge number of pallets to start the project.

there are other requirements for this project like one requires sandpaper, some
paint, creativity, a tape measure and approximately 6 hours to finish the task.

this project can cost a little amount of money about $40 when carpenter avoids
painting the pallets.

3. Fold-down
pallet desk

fold–down desk can help carpenters to save money and space since requires a
little amount of money to create and occupies a small space.

For you to
successively fold this pallet desk, you will require to assemble a piano hinge
and plywood. Sandpaper, stain, and creativity are also required. Lastly, you
need a window sash for you to be able to keep it closed when you are not using.

You can make
this pallet desk yourself and it is the best to go for when you don’t have
adequate space and it’s so luxurious,thus carpenters enjoy using it when
carrying out their activities.

4. A swing
bed made of pallet

discarded pallets are very useful, they can be used to make a swing bed that
can help the carpenters during the summer season. It’s possible to make one
swing on during these tiresome days.

You need
some cushions, pallets,2*4 lumber,2-3 vinyl zippered cushion covers, screws, a
saw, measuring tape and a drill. You only need to put some little effort and
enjoy in the future. Using pallets can help make your outdoor colorful.

5. A pallet

If you want
to spend much of your time enjoying yourself outside in your compound, this
project can be of very much help to you. You can make this by disassembling two
wood pallets from a swing bed and use them in this task. It’s interesting that
it’s flexible, and one can make that can fit their own required size so that
he/she can start to enjoy having cold drinks. It’s practical and simple to make

6. Pallet
herb rack

Its simple
to use an old wood pallet to make a rack for flowers or herbs that can give
your outside compound beautiful greenery by just using only a vertical space in
your compound. You only need some nails, a magazine or newspaper, saw and
wooden pallet to make your pallet flower rack.

You can also
use the pallet planter to plant strawberries in your home garden.

Strawberry pallet planter

If you
create this planter, you will be able to make sure that the dirt from your
strawberries is kept safe and this strawberry will grow strong.

You can
access a video tutorial and the written procedure from the internet on how you
can make this planter. You can access them and this project only needs one wood
pallet to create.

The output
of this project is so interesting, it works and is cheap.

8. Pallet
serving tray

You can use
the scraps of the pallet in creating this beautiful serving tray so that you
can add decor to your living space or use it for serving your breakfast. This
pallet is made from a nail gun, pallet wood, broken window sash, and picket
fence pieces. You can paint it so that you can make it more beautiful.

9. Pallet lemonade stand

If you wish
to make the most magnificent wooden pallet then Lemonade stand should be one of
your best choices. While you make this pallet you will be required to use 100%
salvaged lumber, nails, and screws.


10. Pallet bench

In case you
like using power tools then this DIY pallet bench is a good idea and can offer
you the best outdoor seating area. When you are designing it you need the
following things:

• A compound
mitre saw

• Clear
waterproof sealer

Self-taping wood screws

• Pallets

• A lot of

• 4×4 or 3×3
wood for making frames

• A sander

• Seat

High-quality fabric for pillows

11. Pallet wall

In case you
wish to offer your wall a magnificent new look, then this creative DIY wood
pallet project can be the best for you. After doing this project be assured
that you will no longer be walking past any abandoned pallet again. This
project will relatively cost you a few cents as you can use the leftover paint
in painting your new wall.

12. Pallet storage rack

possible for you to build your own fruit or vegetable storage rack using
pallets. This creative DIY wood pallet project can act as the best container
where you can organize or store the fresh fruits and vegetables that you buy
from the market.

13. Pallet compost bin

It’s high time that you should green so that you make your own DIY pallet wood compost bin. Creating a compost bin using pallets is very cheap and easier than you can imagine. Some of the things that you need are basic power tools for creating any DIY wood pallet project, hardware, wire, and recycled pallets.

If you’re interested in having a custom built Farmhouse style piece built feel free to contact me!

How to Decorate with a Farmhouse Style

Decorating your Home with a Farmhouse Style

Farm House Kitchen

Farmhouse decorating is quite relaxing, fun, warm, full of charm, and an enticing character. When we talk of farmhouse decorating, some people may be tempted to think we are referring to the decoration of a farm. No, that is not the case. It relates to the use of artificial sensibilities that goes back to a simpler time. The farmhouse decoration style is therefore fantastic and savvy.

Farmhouse decorating style needs to have a balance between the old and new fashion. This is more important to ensure the house looks natural, stylish, clean, and warmhearted.

This blog takes an exclusive overview of farmhouse decoration style so to ensure your home looks elegant and appealing. Take time and read through.

What does farmhouse style decoration mean?

Decorating a house in farmhouse style means looking for a way in which a home will look stylish by the use of practical and straightforward decorating mindset.

It means instead of using bright and flashy decor; you look for a combination of soothing colors, texture, or natural elements that gives your house a great outlook.

Rules of farmhouse style decoration

Previously farmhouses were decorated in anything that looked handy and practical. In modern days, people capitalize on decorating houses in farmhouse style with items that are meaningful, unique, and simple on the look.

A home decorated in this style consists of old material that is free to find in the market combined with new pieces. A perfect example is a shaker cabinet and old harvest table which are joined beautifully by stainless steel and fixtures that are light modern and placed in a farmhouse kitchen.

Decorating with Store Bought Pieces

When decorating your house using this style, your furniture should not look like its bought from the same store. That, however, does not mean you cannot purchase decorating materials from one store though you must be creative enough.

An example is the Ikea Ektorp sofa which can fit well in farmhouse decoration style but buying all its pieces from one store can spoil the fun. The best idea is pairing the sofa with vintage chairs that have been reupholstered for a while.

Farmhouse style should not look much calculated. For example, items of the craft show and nostalgia reproduction, designed to look natural can be more fun if placed in numbers of one or two but not too many items piled together.

That way, they never appear decent and decorative at all. If craft items are not your taste, check out the flea market and any unique shows for items that have real sentimental value.

Decorating using farmhouse needs one to take time in the process. The most important aspect to note in this decorating process is that rushing only leads to shoddy work. Character and charm are items that can’t be bought in a single day and still be mounted for decoration on the same day.

Farmhouse decoration style needs one to be keen enough. You do not purchase materials for decoration for the sake. Take time and peruse, collect information that will make sure you decorate with materials that are meaningful whether they are new or old enough.

Pallet Top X Console

Farmhouse decorating ideas

To ensure you acquire the perfect farmhouse decoration style, below are some of the decor elements and decorating tips you need to know.

  • Barn Wood

Barn wood, especially those already reclaimed is a perfect way to add natural character and history to a home. This wood can be used on floors, like shelving, on floors walls or like furniture.

  • Exposed Wood Beams

Just the way barn board performs, exposed wood beams maintain element on nature in homes while at the same time adding great architectural details to the house. If you consider yourself lucky enough and haven’t installed exposed wood beams in your house as decoration, it’s clear you are deceiving yourself.

  • Butcher Block

Butcher block counters are great furniture in farmhouse kitchens since they ensure the outlook is more relaxed. These counters are known to have a high rustic quality that lasts for long in excellent shape as far as they are treated rightly. It’s vital to note that if your kitchen does not look anywhere high with butcher block, taking an alternative like Kitchen Island can work best.

  • Apron Sinks

Having Apron sink in your kitchen lights up the entire house. If you are lucky enough and can afford shaker style cabinets and incorporate them together in the kitchen, you are guaranteed your home is decorated in the very best farmhouse style.

  • Vintage Furniture

Decorating a house with old furniture does not necessarily mean you feel your house with any vintage furniture. You can decide to pair your sofas with vintage side chairs and tables, an old chest for a new bed or lamp vintages to light up your house. The point of using vintages for decoration is to ensure total household match and create more history in your house.

  • Slipcovers

Either practically or casually, slipcovers helps bring a more relaxed and soft feeling to a room. Slipcover is, however, a bit more expensive though the upholstery services are cheaper. Also, these covers are easy to clean and takes up little time to dry off. The slipcover can be placed on surfaces of dining chairs and tables to create a fantastic soft look.

  • Wicker and Rattan

Wicker and rattan take long to get worn out and greats a fantastic experience. Wicker baskets and rattan chair connect with outdoor, creating a natural feeling in the house.

  • Weathered finishes

Peeling paints and rough wood does wonder in creating an excellent farmhouse look. Weathered finishes as the word suggest does not aim at making furniture look more dilapidated but should not as well not look too much shy and new.

  • Incorporate wood

Adding wood here and there in your decor creates more rustic and excellent farmhouse look. Such wood can be things like antique washboards and spindle. Additionally, you can use old barn wood to make farmhouse style stature such as that of bakery sign.

If your interested in custom built  wood furniture that will fit your  farmhouse decor, make a point of contacting me at for the services.


It’s our hope we have helped you learn a few tips on farmhouse decoration and how you can achieve it. All the best, as you give it a trial.


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I am a seasoned woodworker with many years’ experience creating custom furniture among other projects. In 2015 my family and I relocated from Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania to sunny Saint Johns, FL. It is here that I refined my skills into fine woodworking & home decor. I currently specialize in rustic home decor & furnishings. This has given me the opportunity to explore the creative side of woodworking to a different level.


This site is owned and operated by Home Built Woodworking. Home Built Woodworking is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Home Built Woodworking also participates in affiliate programs with Clickbank and other sites. Home Built Woodworking is compensated for referring traffic and business to these companies.

Tips for Decorating a Front Porch

Small Front Porch Decorating Ideas

Your front porch may not be a place that you want to spend to much time right now.  With a few of these valuable tips for Decorating your Front Porch you may find in a bit more inviting.

Decorating a small front porch is relatively inexpensive and simple.  Just by adding some potted flowers or an Awesome Welcome Sign (made by yours truly) can make a drab porch come to life.  I mean we could all use a nice rocker to sit back and relax on.

Here are some things to take care of before you jump right in to decorating a front porch.

1) Clean it all down.. get your hose out

Before you go out in your Sunday’s best, you need to make sure that all the surfaces are well cleaned. Get the broom out to remove cobwebs, dust, and other accumulated litter on the surfaces.

HINT:  If you have an super awesome Lawn & Exterminator Service like I do they knock all those cobwebs off for me.

After your done wiping down all the surfaces I like to drag out the pressure washer and go to town.  Every time I start cleaning my outdoor furniture or exterior walls with my pressure washer it amazes me how much nasty grime comes off.

I try to drag everything off our porch twice a year and just hose it all down.  Its a pain but once you start its worth it.

2) Brighten your porch up with Color

Adding color to a porch is a great way to add a little life to your porch.  Consider painting the walls of your porch for a drastic change.  If that’s too much work try painting your outdoor furniture or adding some fresh flowers.  

Colors can have a great psychological effect. I mean don’t you want your visitors to get that happy vibe when they visit?  Some colors will brighten up your guests while some may not send them running.  Think Happy trees like the man Bob Ross!

Choosing a paint that may last long to help you save on costs. Blend the color pallet of your ceiling and flooring.  If your not great at picking out colors or need a little inspiration (like me) they have all sorts of stuff at your local paint store to help you decide.

Welcome Sign

3) Welcome visitors with a sign

Nothing welcomes a guests like a 4 ft Rustic Welcome Sign! (Again, by yours truly)  Using some inexpensive decor like welcome signs or a Hello doormat can add a little bit of southern hospitality. 

You can get a sign to pin on the door or around the doorposts. Your guests will be smiling whenever they arrive at your front porch.

Trying to scare off unwanted guest?  Here’s your chance to get that message across.  The Beware of Dog signs are just the start these days.

4) Flowers can add more than just color

Flowers are popular as a front porch decoration because you can change them out as often as you’d like. Carex, heucheras and heucherellas are the perfect potted flower that will do just fine on a shaded porch.

Your front porch will come alive with some beautiful flowers that your neighbors will be coming to you to help decorate their front porch. Try some Madagascar periwinkles, lilyturf and anemones in the late summer.  If your lonely on valentines day why not add some Bleeding Hearts to liven up your front porch.

There are several techniques used to plant flowers on the front porch of a house. Choose a planting style that suits your style, preference, home design, color, and style. 

Check out my article on some Simple DIY projects anyone can tackle.  Pallet Style Flower pots can look so much cooler than just those plastic containers they have at the big box stores.

Flowers and other plants on the front porch are great in providing aesthetic beauty and a sweet scent to compliment the beauty. These plants make your porch good for relaxing and meditating.


5) Light up your Front Porch

Add some life to your small front porch by lighting it up. Bulbs are available in different colors, and they also provide different intensities of light. Choose a bulb that blends with the exterior home decor.

Choose the bulb of your choice to add exclusive taste and security to your home and front porch. 

Just a few Lighting Options:

  1. Incandescent (Old style bulb)
  2. Halogen (Flood lights)
  3. Fluorescent (Great for laundry, closets & garage)
  4. LED – New style bulb
  5. Soft White, Cool/Bright White or Daylight
  6. Colored LED Strip lighting
  7.  Christmas Lights
  8. Specialty Lights (Flame bulbs)

If you do not prefer using electricity on your front porch, you can improvise. A lantern or some candles are great to keep your porch lit for as long as you prefer.

A game changer for our porch was as simple as a ceiling fan.  We had moved from PA to FL a while ago.  It wasn’t until we felt the heat of the Sunshine state that we realized how much a ceiling fan is a requirement!  I don’t think I ever turn it off.

6) Get Some Cool Furniture for Your Porch

Front Porch

Decorating the front porch is much easier when you have some cool furniture.  I personally love the look and feel of a nice wooden Adirondack chair.  If you have a smaller porch you may want to consider a nice little bench.

To really spice up the look choose chairs and plush pillows that have colors that got with the decor of your front porch. You can also add an outdoor table to increase your comfort in your farmhouse.

When adding furniture to your front porch start small.  Only add pieces that go with the space and add either a visual or functional benefit. Adding to much furniture can really cramp a space while adding furniture with no purpose can make your porch look like a storage room.

7) Keep Decor simple

Decorating a small front porch does not require too much sophistication. Sometimes less is more when it comes to decorating your front porch.

Having a few flower pots rather than 20 flower pots will keep your porch more inviting.  Simple garden flags can be great to add some character to your porch.  Adding your address to a door or sign can make it feel like home.

Simple decorations that provide architectural design of your home work best. Think about the lines of your home and your focal points. 

8) Use Outdoor Accessories

When decorating your front porch, think about what you like.  If you’re a bird lover why not add a nice bird house or feeder to your porch if space allows.

If you love to garden why not add some fun garden Gnomes around your space.  Into sports?  Why not add your favorite teams flag to your front porch to support your team.  

Just because something is technically made for the outdoors doesn’t mean you can’t bring it onto your porch.  Like the smell of fresh cut logs?  Why not store a few on your front porch in a nice firewood holder. 

9) Holiday Season is here

The holidays is the time of year to really go overboard.  Change out those light bulbs for the holidays!  Replace your front porch lighting with some fun string Christmas lights or just replace bulbs in your porch lights with some good old red & green bulbs.

In the fall time why not get a bail of hay that you can use as an end table or a place to set your flower pots.  Bring in some of those fall colors as well to give your porch a warm fuzzy feeling.

Bring those inflatables onto your porch not only will they add to your front porch decor but they might be easier to plug in.

Final thoughts

So often your front porch is overlooked as a place you can actually use & enjoy.  Taking the time to decorate your front porch will make it a much more enjoyable place for you & your visitors.

You may be surprised what you have been missing out on.  Get outside and enjoy the smell of fresh flowers!


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How to avoid brush strokes when painting cabinets

How to avoid brush strokes when painting cabinets

Almost everyone who indulges in painting and ends up getting brush strokes is left wondering how other people paint and still not get them. How is that possible? Well, from our side, we let you know that it’s entirely possible, but only if you adhere to the guide below.

Everyone in painting wants an excellent painting finish but fails to remember that great painting starts right from the tools on use.

Taking up the right paintbrush for the job is the key milestone to avoid brush strokes. Keep reading, and you will learn a thing or two.

Choosing the right Paintbrush

Our markets nowadays have an overflow of brush paints to the extent that one can’t differentiate between the genuine brush and counterfeit. Ideally, not all brushes can act perfectly in painting kitchen cabinets. There exist a little difference in brushes types, paints to use, and the technique of painting.

The kind of brush you take up for painting determines a lot the quality of work you will get at the end. Even though most people tend to use rollers to smoothen off paints at the end, getting the right brush first is a key determinant on work quality. The following are the best paint brush for cabinets that will ensure you do not get brush strokes.

1). Purdy Pro-Extra or Purdy Ebony

Pro-Extra brush is the best in primer paint. It’s stiff and cuts nicely, applying the paint evenly. Purdy Ebony which is a mini brush to the Pro-Extra paints well but does not cut well since it’s a natural bristle brush.

2). Corona Chinex brush for Bin

A bin is impossible to apply smoothly with any brush or a roller since it dries off very fast. It must be applied very fast and sanded flat after painting. 

Corona brush is the best in doing all this task since it ensures the Bin is applied fairly even with a considerate of the dying constraints.

3). Corona Tynex

Corona Tynex is the best brush for fine water-based trimming and finishing paint. Its handle is beavertail while the bristle is angled. 

Corona Tynex applies paints smoothly ensuring all is laid off perfectly. This brush is also nice in painting doors for moldings or applying paints on a larger surface using the Wooster Micro Plush roller.

When choosing the right paint brush, you can consider the above as the best options.

Choosing the right Paint type

Life sometimes becomes messy with most of it happening in the kitchen. Kitchen is the place you simmer your favorite food for hours adorning the walls of your cabinets. It’s quite clear you will love your kitchen to be great, good looking, and net like never before. 

This means the right paint is a must for you. Taking up the wrong paint has two consequences. These are, either you repaint all over again or learn to live with the ugliness forever.

For a more functional kitchen, here is the way to make the right decision on cabinet paint.

  • Go for paint that dries and hardens off faster.
  • If possible, avoid oily paint since if by chance your kitchen overheats, the paint melts and the wall tends to ‘sweat.’
  • Look for water-based paints as the best alternative even if they are a bit costly.

Further its of the essence to adhere to the following tips.

1). Take up the sheen

People prefer the pristine look of flat paint since it appears gorgeous. Even with this paint, when it’s time to apply the finishing, put up a paint that is easy to clean and tough to handle frequent scrubbing.

2). Work on baseboards

People painting kitchens overlook the baseboards more often. Baseboards are prune to damages and muddy scuffs, mainly from playing kids, dust and knocking off during cooking. It’s advisable to paint them shining so to keep them appealing.

3). Remember the ceiling

Can you imagine have nice looking cabinets and poorly looking ceiling that dispels appetite? Ceiling likes cracking and becoming settle. You should work to cover those inconsistencies with flat paint so to appeal nice. How less is the reflection, the less the cracks will look from the ground.

Tips & Techniques

Before deciding to repaint cabinets, it’s vital to analyze them if they need repainting or replacement. Once you ascertain that your cabinets need repainting, you will need the following tips

  • Consider the right color

Kitchen is a very welcoming place in the house. It gives the overall house a symbolic picture of how worth and good looking is the house. It’s, therefore, important to take up a color that is welcoming and reflect the aesthetic value of the home.

2). Painting tips

Below are the tips you can follow to repaint your cabinet nicely.

  • Pre-prepare your kitchen painting area

Pre-preparing your kitchen means you must protect your floor from paint that drips off with materials like cardboards or cloths.

  • Pull to pieces the cabinets

Using a screwdriver, remove all cabinet components like doors, front parts. Hinges, knobs, latches, and any other material so to create space for easy painting. Makes sure to keep them in a safe place. You can use a pencil to number them for easy resembling.

  • Clean everything well

Cleaning entails scrubbing off cabinets to remove contaminants. You can use chemical cleaners like the TSP substitute or drops of detergents in warm water.

  • Sand the cabinets

Use sandpaper to smoothen off the surfaces of the cabinet wall and then clean using a tack cloth. A vacuum can be done so to make the surface cleaner.

  • Painting

Painting forms the area that one needs to be more careful to avoid brush stroke. The procedure involves applying paint on the sides’ walls, which ensure the paint bonds well on the wood. Once the first coat dries up, apply the second coat gently ensuring you smoothen the surface off.

Painting with a brush vs. a roller

Brushes do a perfect job in painting, but rollers are more ideal. If you take a comparison on cabinets painted using brushes to that of rollers, you will notice some marks on walls painted with a brush.

Rollers are best in finalizing work done by brushes in that they help smoothen off the surface and brush marks off. Additionally, rollers compress the paint removing air bubbles trapped during painting, making the paint more stable.


We hope that you have learned something from our work. Regardless of who will paint your cabinets next time you update the kitchen outlook, happy remodeling!


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I am a seasoned woodworker with many years’ experience creating custom furniture among other projects. In 2015 my family and I relocated from Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania to sunny Saint Johns, FL. It is here that I refined my skills into fine woodworking & home decor. I currently specialize in rustic home decor & furnishings. This has given me the opportunity to explore the creative side of woodworking to a different level.


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20 Ways to make wood look old

20 Ways to make wood look old


There is something special about the aged wood that draws everyone’s attention.  It adds a real warm and inviting feel to any space.  Often you have to wonder what story’s that board would tell you if it could talk. 

Unfortunately for us there is a limit to the amount of aged wood that is available.   Most barn wood on the market comes in at a high price tag as well.

There are few simple ways you can achieve that old wood look. 

Simple methods such as basic painting techniques, using chains or screws to add texture or simply applying an antique wax over your painted piece may add the old look you want.

In this article I will try to go a little bit more in depth with the techniques that I have used as well as discovered online by doing some research.   

Simple painting & staining techniques to make wood look distressed.

1. Dry brushing

This is a simple painting technique that will give you an incredible rustic look very quickly.  This method involves dipping the tip of your paint brush in paint.  Remove a majority of the paint on a scrap piece of wood or towel.

Afterwards, lightly drag the brush across the surface of the piece using minimal pressure.  This will add a light grain like texture to your piece. 

Dry brushing works best when you use complementary colors.  Starting with a dark base color and dry brushing a light color.  You can also start with a light base color and dry brush a dark color but start lightly as the effect can be drastic.

2. Wet wash with paint

Have you ever heard of a white wash finish?  Well this is basically the same technique.  I like to use darker browns or mud colors for this technique as you can get really cool effects when working on unfinished wood.  When using darker colors the water really help enhance the wood grains.

You will need to find an old spray bottle and fill it up with some water (warm or cold), a sponge and a paint brush. 

Spray the surface of the piece you are finishing using the water bottle.  Apply the paint of your choice to the wet surface using the paint brush. 

Using a wet sponge wipe the paint (you just brushed on) around the surface.  After a few passes your sponge should be pretty full of the color you’re using (this is a good thing).  Lightly drag the colored sponge following the woodgrain for an even finish. 

If there are dark areas that need to be lightened simply use the spray bottle to soak the area and drag with the sponge until you achieve your desired look.

Be sure you work in small sections with this method.  If you notice that the color is more opaque simply rewet the surface and wipe with the sponge.

3. Staining over wet paint or Painting over Wet stain

This method is similar to the wet wash with one key difference.  You’re not using water but instead you’re using stain (or paint) as the moisture.

I have found that this method is best used on unfinished wood surfaces.  You can really get an amazing wood grain look simply by choosing to complementary colors.

I like to start with stain first as you tend to have a longer working time.  If you choose to start with the paint just be sure to work fast so that it doesn’t dry out before mixing.

First, apply a heavy coat of wood stain to the surface almost so that it is puddling in areas.  Next using a paint brush, brush a few random lines of paint on top of the wet stain.  While everything is still wet use a rag to blend all the colors together.  Moving with the grain will give you the best results.

After you have blended the colors together try to remove all the puddling.  You will need to check the piece a few times as it is drying to make sure it looks the way you want it to.

If there are areas that need to be touched up simple rework the smaller areas using the same process.

Interested in seeing this process? Check out a video I made on mixing stains and blending colors to get a cool effect!

4. Painting in layers with different colors

Have you ever saw a really old piece of furniture that looks like it has been repainted 100 times?  Well that’s what painting in layers is except we want to choose colors that all work together.

Start by applying a base coat of paint to the entire piece.  I like to start with a dark color and work through the lighter colors but you can do this either way.

After the base coat has dried add the next color to the piece but this time not the entire piece.  As we work through the colors the sections we paint will be smaller and smaller.  Your last coat (lightest color) will just be areas that you want to highlight such as edges or small cracks and creases.

After all layers are dry go over the piece to check for areas that need darkened or lightened.  You can choose to add more paint as needed or use a sander to remove paint.

5. White Vinegar & Steel Wool

Have you ever wondered how to make your own wood stain?  Well there are a few ways to do so.  One common method that has been around for a while is using white vinegar & steel wool.

What you will need to do is fill a container up with the vinegar and add some steel wool to it.  Tear the steel wool into smaller pieces to speed up the process.  The vinegar will breakdown the steel wool and create a rust colored stain.  This takes a few days to do but this can be a cool effect when it’s all done.

How to make wood look old with white paint

6. Stain & White paint

This is probably one of the most popular methods of really adding that distressed look to any furniture.  When working with a newly built piece you will want to completely stain the piece.  Use a dark colored stain for a bold distressed look.  The darker the base stain the more prominent it will be after distressed.

Let the stain dry completely.  This is important as you do not want the colors to blend.  Also the dryer the stain the less it will bleed through the coat of paint.

First consider how distressed you want the final piece to be.  If you’re looking for a lightly distressed piece you will want to completely paint the piece white after the stain has dried.  If you want a heavily distressed piece you can simple dry brush white over the stained piece.

After the piece is painted and dried simply sand the edges that you want to distress.  This will show the stain that was left underneath.  Stain soaks into the wood and tends to stay behind during the sanding.  Dark stains really stand out under white paint and give you a great looking piece.

Make sure to highlight areas using these techniques

7. Layer different paint colors in spots

As I mentioned previously layering different colored painted is a great way to distress a piece of furniture and make it look old.   When layering paints it is important to make sure and highlight areas that typically are abused and show wear.

 Make sure to go back and check the edges of your piece.   You may tend to find more wear around doors and handles.   If your piece has fine details in it you may want to add darker spots down into grooves and crevices.

 In the end just have fun with it, take your time and think outside the box.

8. Sand down edges

After you’re done painting or finishing your piece be sure to go back over the entire piece and look for places that you can highlight.   Going back over the edges of your piece with an orbital sander really make your piece shine.  

This is really simple to do and can really make it pop.  If you want a more heavily distressed piece try going over some of the flat surfaces with a sander as well.  Adding bare stops to the top or side can add a really aged look.

Finishing techniques you can use to achieve a rustic look

9. Antique Waxing

Antique waxing is another technique that you can use. This is really easy to do and from what I have learned it works great over top of white paints. If you’re working with more detailed pieces this can be an easier option than sanding edges down.

 Antique waxing comes in a few different colors. Choosing a darker color over top of white paints can really make the fine details stand out.

 After the paint has dried on piece that you’re trying to antique you can simply apply the antiquing wax with a dry rag to any details you want to distress.  

Before and the wax dries you’re going to want to wipe it away from areas you do not want distressed with a clean rag.  The longer you leave the wax on the surface the darker and more difficult it will be to remove.


How to make wood distressed with texture

Sometimes when you’re working on a piece you may really want to add a textured distressed look. There are many ways to accomplish this and I will just mention a few of the more popular methods that I have used.

 Always consider the type of material that you are using before choosing the method that you use.  Softer woods such as pine distress very easily while hardwoods such as oak take a lot more effort and force to distress.

10. Chains

Using chains to distress a piece has one of the most popular methods. Basically all you’re doing is whipping the piece of wood with a chain.

I know it sounds violent but it does leave some ice textured two-piece after you’re done. I actually have a chain attached to a small piece of wood that acts as a handle.

11. Sea shells

Using seashells may not be the best option if you’re not close to the beach. Fortunately for me the beach is right down the road. What you need to do here is find some seashells that have a nice texture on them with very prominent lines.

 You can either do this one shell at a time or use a whole handful. Place the shells with the textured side down on the piece of wood you’re trying to distress.

Lay a flat piece of wood over the shells and strike it with a hammer creating indents in the wood below. What you’re trying to do here is create a manmade fossil.  When the piece finished the stain or paint will soak into the textures creating dark spots.

12. Screws

If you’re going for that farmhouse look you may want to consider using screws to distress your piece of furniture. You can use either a single screw or a handful at a time.

I like to use one screw at time randomly creating divots and textures throughout the piece.   Move to screw around and use a hammer to lightly tap in the screw texture.

13. Gravel

Using gravel can give your piece a lot of texture very quick.  Similar to using shells you will want to place some gravel onto the surface, place a piece of wood over it and hit or step on it creating small indents in the surface.

14. Hammer

If you’re looking for the easiest method well look no further.  Using a hammer is your ticket.  Simply give your piece of furniture a few swift smacks with a hammer and you’re sure to add some nice texture.

15. Belt Sander

I know we have talked about using a sander to distress the edges but this can also be used to add texture.  This is one of my favorite methods for adding texture to farmhouse tables.

Using 50 or 60 grit on a belt sander will leave behind some cool looking texture.  If you’re looking for a lighter texture I would suggest running the sander in the direction of the wood grain.

To create a rough cut lumber look run the belt sander against the wood grain.  I like to make an X pattern to really add to the look after it is stained.

How to make new wood look like barn wood

There is something special about barn wood.  Old wood had that texture that is difficult to recreate.  Here are a few methods that you can try to make a new piece of wood look and feel like barn wood.

16. Wire brush

Use a stiff wire brush or maybe a wire brush similar to the type that is used for clean a grill.  Treat the wood like your combing your hair.  Try to create a lined texture to the surface.

Any texture that you create in wood will take stain differently making your finished piece of furniture look older than it is.

17. Wire grinder for drill

Have you ever seen the old steel brushes that are made to fit a drill?  This can be a faster way to add the lines to wood giving you that old barn wood look and feel.

How to make authentic looking worm holes in new wood

Now this is probably something that you didn’t think of recreating.   Let’s dive into how we can recreate wormholes.   With our method though we can leave out all the bugs and worms.

18. Nails

Pretty simple! Get a hammer and some large common nails or spikes.  Drive the nails into the wood to create a random hole pattern.  Be sure not to drive them in so far that they can’t be removed but far enough to make it appear deep.

19. Drill

Similar yet easier than using nails.  Grab your cordless drill with a ¼” drill bill.  Start drilling holes into the wood in random locations.  You can also drill holes at angles to create a real looking worm hole

20. Cork Screw

A little more difficult but totally possible.  Grab a cork screw and start hand drilling some holes. 

Thanks for stopping by

So there it is folks, that’s my 20 methods for making wood furniture look old. Lots of these methods I have personally tried with great success. When learning how to make wood furniture look old it is always a good idea to test any of these methods on scrap wood first. 

Don’t be afraid to test different colors and combinations of colors to get the look that you’re going for.  The right color combination will go a long way in your woodworking project.

 I hope that you have found this information helpful in any way.  If you’d like to check out some of my projects visit me on Facebook @homebuiltwoodworking


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I am a seasoned woodworker with many years’ experience creating custom furniture among other projects. In 2015 my family and I relocated from Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania to sunny Saint Johns, FL. It is here that I refined my skills into fine woodworking & home decor. I currently specialize in rustic home decor & furnishings. This has given me the opportunity to explore the creative side of woodworking to a different level.


This site is owned and operated by Home Built Woodworking. Home Built Woodworking is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Home Built Woodworking also participates in affiliate programs with Clickbank and other sites. Home Built Woodworking is compensated for referring traffic and business to these companies.

What is Chalk Paint?


What is Chalk Paint?

Interesting Facts About Chalk Paint

If you have some home improvement jobs that need to be done around your home, you may want to consider all of the options that you have available to you. In some cases, you may decide to paint the entire home’s exterior or the interior, starting from room to room. 

Whatever decision that you and your family make, it is important that you factor in what types of paint that you can use to complete the jobs that you take on. Particularly, if you are thinking about using chalk paint for different types of projects like painting items in your home like your kitchen cabinets.

Having said this, here are some questions that you may need to find answers to if you want to make an informed decision on which types of paints are best for specific circumstances like chalk paint kitchen cabinets.

What is chalk paint?

Chalk Paint is normally described as a specific type of paint that can be used to complete a wide diversity of different jobs around your home and office too. When you look for this kind of paint on the market, you will also most like to find that this kind of paint has even been branded with a trademark name, which is known by the brand of Annie Sloan. 

Even though Annie Sloan is a brand name of chalk paint, it is also important for everyone to know that there are other companies that manufacture similar chalk paints since they market their own version.


Today, when anyone buys this type of paint, they are normally looking to paint furniture or other items that they want to give a special kind of look. For instance, if the owner of a home would like their old furniture fit into a more aged looking type of decor, they may want the aged look that comes from a chalky appearance.

What is the difference between chalk paint & latex paint?

Most people already know what latex paint is because it is has been commonly used in homes and in business facilities too. Even when people do not see the name on the outside of the paint, they can still identify latex paint on the walls by its overall texture as well as it smooth glossy kind of appearance. Therefore, many homeowners and their family members know what this paint is for and where they will most likely see it in any color.


While the latex paint versions are relatively easy to see as well as maintain in a home, there are some paints like chalky paint that may not be so well known within this industry. So, if you do not know exactly what chalk paint is and its overall differences between chalk paint and latex paint, you can find out what you need to know by following the latest trends in this industry. 

This is because chalk paint is presently known as one of the biggest rages in the industry. Hence, if you want to know more about chalk paints overall makeup and what it will be used for, you look at sites that will explain its make-up along with the pros and cons of using it.

Pros & cons of white chalk paint

If you want to save money, chalk paint kitchen cabinets is ideal for cutting down on the cost. Chalk paint does not really need a primer before it is since is it already a basic self primer that will adhere to many surfaces that you choose well. Therefore, if you do not have a large budget to tackle your home improvement jobs, no need to worry about paying for primer because you can completely skip that step. Unlike latex paint, you will always need to buy a primer to apply as the base coat.

Pros of white chalk paint!

Saves Money on Painting Your Kitchen Cabinets -- Skip the Primers

If you want to save money, chalk paint kitchen cabinets is ideal for cutting down on the cost. Chalk paint does not really need a primer before it is since is it already a basic self primer that will adhere to many surfaces that you choose well. Therefore, if you do not have a large budget to tackle your home improvement jobs, no need to worry about paying for primer because you can completely skip that step. Unlike latex paint, you will always need to buy a primer to apply as the base coat.

Chalk Reacts the Same as Latex Paint

When comparing chalk paint to a coat of latex paint, the durability is about the same. Because each of these types is water based, they will react the same or similar when people nick the pain, spill liquid substances on it and etc. Also, for both paints, the similarities do not stop with how these paint jobs are protected. For instance, before you can complete these paint jobs, you will need to apply a finishing coat.

Cons of Chalk paint

Applying a wax finish on top of chalk paint is not an option but a necessity in completing this work. After applying the job will last longer, but the price is a little bit more pricey to complete.

How Much does Chalk Paint Cost?

The price of chalk paint will vary based on the brand and the ounces purchases. Typically, if you buy Annie Sloan chalk paint, the retail price may start around $34 for 32 oz. Or, if you elect to buy the Rust-Oleum chalk paint brand, the retail price may start around $17 for 30 oz.

What types of projects can chalk paint be used for?

Chalk paint is considered to be relatively heavy in its makeup so it can be used on virtually any surface. However, it is highly recommended as an ideal type of paint for using on various kinds of furniture, to paint the kitchen, refinishing cabinets and much more.


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This site is owned and operated by Home Built Woodworking. Home Built Woodworking is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Home Built Woodworking also participates in affiliate programs with Clickbank and other sites. Home Built Woodworking is compensated for referring traffic and business to these companies.

How to get Bugs out of reclaimed wood

Reclaimed Wood is Eco-friendly

How to treat reclaimed wood for bugs

You should be aware that though reclaimed wood is eco-friendly and is very appealing to the eyes, however, there may be a real threat for no one knows what they house. This is due to the fact that planks are normally sourced from old structures. Pieces of old and unmaintained wood may be housing some unwanted organisms such as insects and you would not like to have that in your house.

There are a few ways to get those pesky bugs out of your reclaimed wood. You can use a chemical treatment to kill the bugs or use safe methods such as heating or freezing the wood.

Which ever method you choose it is important to know that rustic piece of reclaimed wood may be housing insects that can prove to be a nuisance. It is important to know some simple methods for removing bugs on wood.

Reclaimed wood

What kind of
bugs live in wood?

You should
be aware that many types of bugs can actually live in the wood that you have
reclaimed and you need to be extra cautious. Here are some of the common types
of bugs that can be in your wood and how you can detect them.



These are
the most prevalent insects that are responsible for damaging the wood. Termites
can bring down a wooden house if not properly watched and eliminated. There are
more than two thousand different types of termites and the unique thing about
them is that each type has a unique appetite on what it wants to feed on. The
good thing is that there is a sign you can look at on your reclaimed wood and
identify the presence of termites in them.

  • Mud tubes on the wood that is the size of a pencil, then it is definite the wood host termites and then you will be required to ensure you completely eliminate them.
  • Discarded wings around the wood that have been actually shed by some of the worker’s termites
  • If you find some insects on your wood that look like white ants, you should know that these are actually living termites. You should therefore immediately find the right means to eliminate them and save your piece of reclaimed wood.

Carpenter Ants

Carpenter Ant

The damage
that is normally caused by carpenter ants usually is similar to what termites
do. For you to identify if the wood is infested by these insects you should
look if you can find wings present on the wood. Additionally, you will identify
that these ants have created tunnels within the wood to travel. This is because
they normally prefer the moist part of the wood especially if there is mold
growing in it. If you notice any of the characteristics here then you should be
aware that you are facing a wood infested with carpenter ants. You should
therefore quickly use the appropriate method to eliminate them from your
reclaimed wood and ensure they do not escape for they can spread to other
furniture in your home and start destroying them too.



Beetles may
also be found in reclaimed wood. There are several types of beetles and each of
them is attracted to a specific type of wood. To be specific some are attracted
to the sapwood of hardwood lumbers. One thing that is unique about beetles and
is worth noting is that they can remain on the inside of your wood for a
prolonged period of time. You should, therefore, use the best methods available
to eliminate beetles from you reclaimed wood to avoid further destruction.

The methods used to reclaim wood against bugs?

One thing we
should be aware of is that our furniture may house many insects and yet go
unnoticed. A greater disappointment is that even if you try and sand your
pieces of furniture you may still fail to reclaim it too. Here are the methods
one can use to treat reclaimed wood for bugs.

1. Wrap wood in Plastic

Take your reclaimed wood outside and wrap it in a heavy plastic. Place it outside in the sun on a hot day. Certainly, the temperature inside the plastic will get hot enough to force the bugs out of the wood. Some will die inside the plastic while others will lay exposed and you can easily remove or brush them away.

2. Freezing the wood

If your piece is small enough or you have a big freezer we can try method #2. You can do this by placing the wood in a commercial freezer (if you have one) or a chest freezer and leaving the reclaimed wood for approximately 72 hours. When necessary you can thaw the item and repeat the freezing to kill bugs that may be resistant to this procedure. By doing so the bugs will be eventually die in the wood.

3. Fumigating the wood

procedure for treating reclaimed wood for bugs is fumigating the wood. You will
cover the wood in plastic and introduce a “fogger” or “bug bomb” that sprays
the insecticide. Containing it in the plastic will actually hinder the insects
from spreading into the air. In addition, the insecticide will only work on the
bugs that are on the wood and ultimately kill them.

4. Spray or sprinkle the insecticide

This is done
for insects that are wood-eating or wood-boring on the reclaimed wood. For
instance, precise foam or Tim-bor normally penetrates into the wood surfaces
and gets at any bug that may be hiding inside the wood. You can also inject an
insecticide known as Termidor into the wood and it will kill bugs.

You can also
heat the reclaimed wood to around 140 degrees Celsius. This kind of extreme
temperature will kill all sorts of insects and bugs in your piece of wood. Any
insect even those hiding inside the wood will be forced to try and escape and
will be terminated in the process. You can then remove the remnants of these
insects by scrubbing the wood. You can then go ahead and sand the wood
continuously and vacuum it to remove any sort of debris and dust.

The above
discussion clearly shows the appropriate methods of reclaiming wood that is
infested with bags. One should not let precious pieces of wood go into waste
just because one fears they may be hosting bugs. These pieces of wood can be
used for various purposes in our homes and therefore reclaiming them is

Remove white rings from wood table in seconds

Heat mark on Wood table

What causes white rings on wood furniture?

Stains on wood furniture are the worst!  The white rings that appear on a table out of nowhere can drive you nuts trying to remove them.   In this article I will give you a few tips on how you can remove white ring stains from your wood furniture.

The first time I noticed one of these white ring stains on my brand new table it infuriated me!  I tried all types of cleaners which almost seemed to make it worse!   Products that claim to remove any stain we’re useless. In this article I will give you a couple of quick home remedies for removing these pesky white ring stains from your wood furniture.   

Main cause of white rings on wood furniture

First it’s important to understand where these stains come from.   Is it that I didn’t use a coaster when I put down my glass?    Could it be from the oils in your skin as you rest your arms on the table?   Did somebody spilled an entire thing of bleach on my table?

There’s a simple answer to this common problem that we all have. The main cause of these white rings are actually caused by hot plates.  That’s right, hot plates are the main cause of white rings on your table. I guess I should have listened to my mom when she told me to use a placemat at dinner time.

Now don’t get me wrong hot plates are not the only thing that causes these white rings.  That hot coffee cup that you have every morning, the warm pizza box that you set on the table on a Friday night or that quick TV dinner that you just whipped up on a Wednesday while watching Jeopardy.

These white rings you’re seeing or actually called heat stains. What’s happening is the heat is being trapped under these things.  When the heat is trapped underneath the moisture is building up as well which is causing these white rings.

Not to worry before you go spending thousands of dollars replacing on your furniture there are some easy fixes.  Now granted all these fixes May not pan out the same depending on your situation.

Five ways to remove white rings from your wood table

1.  Get yourself a hot iron

That’s right, this is one of the easiest ways to remove these white stains.  I was actually freaked out the first time I attempted to use a hot iron on my brand-new table. I mean who in their right mind uses an iron on a dining room table?

So how do you use the iron to remove the stain? 

First you’ll want to go ahead and grab yourself an old white T-shirt or cloth. The T-shirt or cloth is going to act as your barrier between the iron and the wood surface. Then you will want to empty out all the water that maybe in the iron as many recommend.  Although I have found success with using the steam as well but always proceed with caution! 

Now go ahead and fire up that old iron that has been sitting in your closet for the last 15 years. Once your iron has had a chance to heat up you will want to place the cloth over the stain and slowly move the iron back and forth over the stained area for a short period of time.   Now that your t-shirt is completely wrinkle-free lift it up and use a dry white cloth to wipe away the stain.

So why does this iron method work?

Essentially what you’re doing with this method is heating up the moisture that is trapped in the wood causing it to evaporate and rise to the surface.   Once the moisture reaches the surface you’re wiping away the white ring stain at its root cause.  

2.  Some good old Toothpaste

 I mean if toothpaste is good enough to clean your teeth it should be good enough to get that stain out of your wood table right?  

 I can honestly say I’ve tried this method a few times and it didn’t pan out too well for me but it may for you. What you do is place a dab of toothpaste on your finger or on a towel and rub it into the wood grain until it gets a little warm.  After you’re done applying toothpaste take a damp chow and wipe it down.

 It’s recommended that you use the standard White toothpaste not the gel. Also be sure not to scrub too long or outside the stained area which may put a little unnecessary wear on the wood finish.  Always remember to test a small hidden area.   If at first you don’t succeed try and try again until the stains are gone.

3.  Let’s give that stain the Salon treatment

Now were going to turn your dining room into a full-fledged salon so break out the hair dryer.  Now take your hair dryer and turn it up to the highest setting. Get that baby close to the stain and hold it there for about 30 minutes moving at back and forth over the area.  What we’re trying to do is evaporate the moisture that is in the wood causing the white ring.  If and when the stain goes away add a little olive oil onto the wood to give him a little finish.

I would definitely recommend this method if you have about 30 minutes to kill on a Saturday afternoon. What better to do then sit in your dining room holding a hair dryer (just kidding?) 

4.   Time to bake with some baking soda

 This method is very similar to the toothpaste method.  What we’re going to do is make a paste with baking soda and it little bit of water.   It is recommended to use two parts baking soda to one part water but you can just eyeball this as it’s not rocket science.

I’ll grab one of those white rags you have laying around and apply it to the surface gently.   Baking soda can be abrasive I’ll be sure not to scrub too hard so that you don’t damage the finish.

 Afterwards use a damp cloth to wipe away the baking soda.   if the stain did not disappear by now you can always try again.

5. Let’s break out some steel wool

For this method you will need some fine steel wool and a little bit of lemon oil. You will want to soak the steel war in the lemon oil for a little bit.   Now take out the steel wool in ever so gently start rubbing the white ring away.  

  The lemon oil will help to prevent scratching the wood surface but that’s essentially what you’re doing with this method.   Think of it as a real light surface sanding.   After you’re done taking it clean cloth and wipe down the surface.   If the stain is still there you can always give it another go.

As you can see there are many ways that can help in removing white rings from wood furniture.  All furniture finishes are not created equal so if one method doesn’t work you can always move on to the next.  Just remember to always test the method on a hidden spot so that it doesn’t make more issues!

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