How to Paint Pine Furniture White

Updated February 21, 2017

Painting pine furniture white requires special consideration, especially if there are visible knots on the surface. Resin seeps out of pine knots over time, which can affect the surface paint. The best way to ensure a long-lasting paint job on pine furniture is to carefully prep the piece before applying the white paint. Use oil-based paint and shellac primer for the best results; paint may be applied with a brush, or use spray paint and primer.

Cover the floor with a dust sheet and place the piece of furniture on it. Remove any fixtures such as drawer knobs. Clean the piece thoroughly with a rag dampened with white spirit solvent. Allow the piece to air dry thoroughly.

Sand the piece all over and wipe with a lightly water-dampened cloth to removed all of the dust.

Apply a coat of white shellac primer over the entire piece. Allow the coat to dry completely.

Sand the primed piece and wipe off the dust. Spot-prime any visible knots and dry overnight.

Paint the piece with white oil-based paint. For the best results, apply two coats, allowing the first coat to dry completely before painting the second coat.

Use paint remover for cleanup, if using brushes.


Oil-based paint is hard to remove from skin with water; wear gloves and a smock.

Things You'll Need

  • Dust sheets
  • Rags
  • White spirit solvent
  • Medium-fine sandpaper
  • Paintbrushes
  • Oil-based shellac primer for white paint
  • Oil-based white paint
  • Paint remover
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Delaware-based Daisy Cuinn has been writing professionally since 1997, when she became the features editor for her local biweekly music newspaper. She has been a staff writer and contributor to online and offline magazines, including "What It Is!," and Slashfood. Cuinn holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Temple University.