Step 8: Paint the Base

painting the coat tree base
Photo: Laura Moss
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Finish by painting the base. I used watered-down chalk paint in an eggshell-blue color to match traces of old chipped paint on the column shaft. Once the paint has dried, stand your new tree in the entryway and start piling it with coats.
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    Tools List

    • carpenter's pencil
      Pencil
    • multi-bit screwdriver
      Screwdriver
    • paintbrush
      Paintbrush
    • drill
      Drill/driver
    • combination square
      Combination square

    Shopping List

    Wood column

    6 coat hooks with screws

    Circular wood plaque

    Three open-ended boxes
    (8-, 10- and 12-inch square)

    Wood screws

    Painter's tape

    Wood glue

    Paint (small sample pot)

    1 quart clear acrylic polyurethane