Hey you guys!

I just wanted to let you know that you don’t have to live with the paint sunken into the wood grain pores look, especially when you had envisioned a super modern and smooth painted look. Here is a short tale and documentation of this night stand I was so excited to paint, and realized when I got up close and felt it, it had some seriously deep wood grain. I’m not the most into paint sunken into deep and visible wood grain and prefer a smooth and uniform paint finish. Luckily, I have this trick to fall back on when this happens.

Whether you’re going to be painting your outdated oak kitchen cabinets, bathroom vanity, an oak grain dining table, or a heavily grained wood piece of furniture like me, not a worry – I gotchu. PS – oak is usually the culprit. That darn oak!

I want to share a really awesome tip with you guys that’s easy and affordable. And you just may have these things kicking around in your home already. Regardless, we don’t need that $40 specialty wood filler that takes 8 hours to dry. Let’s make it easy on ourselves.



I really love the Drydex one. Although it’s spackling and not “wood grain filler”, it does the same job. I really love it because you can tell it’s dry when it turns white from when it goes on pink.


But not too cheap. The chip brushes from Home Depot may not be the best because they shed hairs so much. The ones like in my photo are good. I spent $12 for the pack of 5. I usually use these for priming my furniture items and doing stuff like this.


I usually use a red solo cup because I get a bunch from Costco and use them for painting. They’re the perfect size for small hands.


You’ll need to add water to your putty mix to make it blendable and brushable


  • I’d start with a ratio of scooping out 75% filler and then adding in 25% water to your container. Mix it together with a paint stick or a whisk – the whisk really helps it to blend nicely. It’s kindof hard to mix it at the start but you’ll notice the water incorporate into it nicely. Add more water if you feel like the mixture is way too thick. You want it to be a thick, brushable paste. You don’t want it to be too thin or else it won’t cover any of the grain.
  • Brush that brushable mixture onto the wood grain you’d like to conceal. That’s it! You may need more than one coat, you can usually tell as you’re brushing it on if it’s filling in the wood grain. The pink bamboo night stand I worked on only needed the one coat and it was buttery smooth after!
  • Wait about an hour for it to dry. If you laid it on really thick, you may need to wait longer. When it no longer feels tacky to the touch and it feels dry for sure, then you can go ahead and lightly sand to see. If it’s not gummy, go ahead and sand it all off. I usually use a hand sanding block with 150 grit paper attached.
  • Once your item is smooth and wood grain filled, go to your next steps of priming and painting. Or whatever it is you plan on doing with it. Above is a short clip of this night stand while painting.

Now, where are all of my visual learners at? If you’d like to see the YouTube video on this topic, check it out here:

Hope this helps you out! It’s amazing what a small effort can do to change the whole look of your item!