Remove any hardware. You may want to paint this, but do after separating it from the wood so that eveything gets full coat of paint.
Remove any varnish or polish. Use an electric sander or sandpaper and rub off as much of the shiny outer coating of the wood as possible.
Dust off sawdust with a dry cloth. Avoid using a damp cloth so that you don’t have to wait for the wood to dry before painting.
Apply a primer. Special wood primers are available, but a regular spray-on primer is all that is necessary.
Paint the wood. Use your spray paint to form an even coat, spraying at least 8 inches (20.3 cm) from the surface. Apply multiple coat if desired, allowing dry time in between.