Wood

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What to spray: Stools, louver doors, coatracks, shelves, frames, bulletin boards, ceiling fans, anything with detailed carving or grooves.

How to apply:

  • Wood is porous and must be sealed before you paint it. Apply a coat of aerosol primer to any wood surface, even if it is varnished. Sanding glossy or raw wood beforehand will result in a better finish with fewer coats.
  • Before painting a ceiling fan's wooden blades, remove them, then spray them separately.

RS paint pick: Kilz Odorless Aerosol Sealer-Primer (white only, about $5, kilz.com for stores) and Krylon Interior-Exterior (62 colors, shown in Celery, $5.50 krylon.com for store locations).

Also try: To simulate the look of metal on wooden objects, use Krylon Metallic Enamel Paint (17 colors, about $5, krylon.com for store locations) or Rust-Oleum Clean Metal Primer (white only, $5, rustoleum.com for store locations).

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