Dave starts a new season for DIY projects, which will all be about wooden surfaces. For this episode, he shows us how to make a wooden side table.

What’s great about this side table is that it is stylish, functional, and has a light visual weight, which would work really well for small spaces like a studio.

This isn’t the kind of table that you can load with heavy stuff like piles of books. But since this side table is meant for small spaces, this could also be a plus. You’d be forced to keep your books on a shelf so that your home looks clean and organized.

Dave chose the bright colors orange and yellow to make the table stand out. If that’s not to your taste, you can always choose from the other QDE paint colors that Boysen offers. Boysen Quick Drying Enamel comes in 22 readily available colors. Click on this link to see these. There are also Boysen Oil Tinting Colors that you could use if you want to mix your own special color.

Boysen Quick Drying Enamel

Boysen Quick Drying Enamel, or QDE for short, is the go-to paint for wood. Aside from wood, it’s also good for metal surfaces.

Boysen QDE is an alkyd-type paint which dries through oxidation. It is important therefore, to be out in the open air when you’re painting, or at least ventilate the room when you’re using this type of paint indoors.

For more comprehensive advice about QDE from Boysen experts, I suggest you read this post on these tips, tricks and advice for the product.

Painting Wood

We’ve got many articles in this blog about how to paint wood. One such tutorial is Bea’s Wood Painting 101.

As Bea mentions, QDE is good to paint interior AND exterior surfaces.

Please note that you need to use a paintbrush with natural bristles for alkyd-type paint. If you want to use a roller, we’ve got the Fuyama rollers, which are multi-purpose and can be used for oil-based, solvent-based, and water-based coatings.

The Boysen Way: Wooden Fixtures

Wanna go on a deep dive to learn more about how to coat wooden fixtures? This is a comprehensive guide for any newbie DIY painter, and a good refresh for professional painters. Click on this link to read the article.

This post contains two important infographics for wooden surfaces. I suggest you print these and keep them close at hand if you are planning more DIY wooden projects.

Remember to follow the painting schedule for the Boysen painting system that you will be using. For a quick definition, a painting schedule is a guide on how to use all the products for the painting system that you have chosen, and the sequence of the application of these products as well. For QDE, here is the painting schedule. For the time between coats, Dave mentions these in the video.

Painting Schedules: How to Read Them and Why They’re Important | MyBoysen

Following the painting schedule and the amount of time you give for each coat to dry will ensure a beautiful finish on your surfaces, and hence, a successful project.

For more questions on how to use the Boysen Quick Drying Enamel, send an email to ask@myboysen.com or call (02) 8363-9738 local 413 to 418 during office hours.


Annie is the Managing Editor of Let it B | MyBoysen Blog. An unrepentant workaholic, she runs this blog and her own company Talking Lions (https://talkinglions.com). She thrives on collaborating with people who are good at what they do, and working together with them to create something special. Annie learned interior styling while managing her own wholesale business in the Netherlands, importing high-end, handmade home furnishings to stock four outlets and a showroom in the country.

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