How to Paint Pine: A TV Stand Makeover

How to Paint PineFurniture

I know that’s it’s been a ridiculously looong time since I posted lasted.  Between the holidays, a new job, and some exciting family news :), DIY projects have unfortunately taken a backseat.

However, I have a backlog of updates to post, and a whole lot of winter cold making me go stir crazy for something to do!

I thought I’d start with this experimental update to our living room that I took on right before Thanksgiving.  Dan was adamant about having his gigantic TV back in action upstairs, but I knew our tiny stand couldn’t handle the upgrade…not to mention it would mean a total rearrangement of the room! (yes, I may over-exaggerate an excuse to rearrange furniture 🙂

After some serious digging around at Goodwill, I found this slightly sad looking solid pine tv stand for $10.  I had heard the warnings about painting pine (apparently, the knots like to show through the paint if you’re not careful), but since I already had all the supplies, the investment seemed minimal.


It worked! I think the biggest contributor to my success was the use of spackle to hide the knots.  I read this wonderful tutorial from a couple who had repainted an entire house with pine walls, eek!!  Although, I’m very happy not to have to take on that level of pine upgrades, the technique is a winner! I finished the piece by staining the top with my handy java gel stain, and voila! Now, I’m just looking for the next piece of pine to work some magic on! 🙂

What You Will Need

  • Spackle (Any variety will do- I used DryDex)
  • Putty Knife
  • Sanding Paper
  • Paint Primer
  • Paint
  • Wood Stain/Finishing wax (If you’re planning to stain the top)
  • Paint Brush
  • Polyurethane

The Process

1.) Since this stand had divides that were slightly too small for the Blue-Ray player, I started by sawing out one of the wooden pieces to extend the size.  Afterwards I gave the entire piece a rough sanding with 60 grit sand paper.

2.) Here comes the ‘chicken pox stage’ as I affectionately like to call it (mainly because the spackle reminds me of that awful pink calamine lotion your parents put on you to stop the itching :P).  With the putty knife, spread a thin even layer of spackle over each knot in the pine and let dry completely.  This will prevent the knots from potentially showing through the paint. I doesn’t have to be perfect, since you will be sanding it smooth later.


Tell me this does not not remind you a chicken pox remedy?!

3.) Once the spackle has been sanded smooth, you can prime and paint as usual.  If you’re planning to stain the top like I did, you can read through my tutorial on using gel stain here.  For more in-depth instructions on painting furniture, you can read this tutorial.

I am so happy with the way this project turned out! The 65″ big behemoth is back from the basement, and the room looks far more put together in my opinion!  Little changes can go a long way!



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