Particle Board has a reputation for being difficult to paint. I’m not sure where this reputation came from, but I’ve found it can be painted. Back during “The Great House Purge,” I discussed painting two stands. One was metal. The other was particle board. For that particle board stand, I painted it solid white.
Tonight, I painted a particle board television stand, but gave it a more distressed look. I’m going to show you what I did tonight, and then I’ll let you know how to modify it to get a solid color.
For starters, here’s what I was working with:
The first thing I did was clean off all the dust and dirt. To do this, I took a Clorox wipe and ran it over the surfaces. I like Clorox wipes because they pick up the dirt, but they dry quickly. After the stand was clean, I began applying white paint:
I used left over paint from when I painted my bedroom last year. This is just the basic white indoor room paint you can get at your local hardware store. I used Valspar, but you could use any indoor paint. (Side Note – The paint I used was “green” type paint, and I’ve found it was less opaque than “normal” paint, which I love for my bedroom. It can require additional coats.)
For painting, I used an older brush that has some bristles sticking together. I directed all the strokes in the same direction. This resulted in lines in the paint on the particle board. It should look something like this:
After I put on one coat, I did a second coat, following the same brush pattern as I used the first time. This allowed some of the darkness of the original paint to come through a la distressed painting, while the stand was still mainly white. Here’s the stand after one coat:
I did not put a second white coat on the doors. Instead, I painted these a pastel pink (the same paint I used in my corner bedroom). This allowed the doors to be a bit of an accent. I chose this pastel color because it’s a lighter version of the color of the chairs I’m using in the room, so it helps tie the furniture pieces together. It looked like this:
Tomorrow, I’ll do some spot checking, and reattach the hardware. Then the piece will be ready to go.
If you want a more solid, even look, use a sponge brush or a newer brush without bristles sticking together. Do at least three (preferably four) layers, alternating the direction of the brush strokes with each layer. Happy painting!