Step 2: Paint Both Coats

Paint Both Coats when faux-finish painting furniture
Photo: Wendell T. Webber
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Using a chip brush, paint the entire exterior with a light base-coat color in a flat finish. Go in the direction of the grain, but you don't need to be too fussy about the brushstrokes. Once the base coat is dry, lightly apply a darker top coat, again in a matte finish. Be careful not to overload the brush.
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    Tools List

    • Sanding Sponge
      Medium-grit sanding sponge
    • Natural-bristle chip brush
      3 disposable chip brushes

    Shopping List

    1 quart of primer for the interior2 quarts of latex paint for the exterior