Thursday, January 31, 2008

painted furniture

I picked this up at a thrift store and removed the mirror and hardware. It had water stains on the top and the wood veneer was peeling off on both sides. I glued the veneer down and used wood putty to fill in the scratches. I pulled out the drawers and primed the whole thing with an oil based primer.
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I had a sketch of the finished product and painted the drawers whatever was the lightest dominant color on the drawer.
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I taped off the pattern and painted the next darkest color. In some cases it was three coats.
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After the painting was finished and tape removed I took a very fine sandpaper and sanded in a single direction on each part to soften the finish coat a little. I then rubbed in a light stain to soften the finish and add a patina.
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A couple of coats of lacquer and Viola! Urban chic. I decided to keep the original hardware with its original finish. It added to the aged appearance. You can have old hardware replated in a satin nickel or some such finish to make it appear newer.

3 comments:

AVD said...

Hi Mike -

I love what you're doing with the furniture! Beautiful.

I found your blog through design sponge, but I'm actually in St. Louis too. Coincidentally, I just moved into that little building next to the Buddhist Monastery, pictured in your post from July. I'm currently doing some interior work, and looking forward to planting window boxes in the spring...

Where is your coffee/beer establishment going to be?

Regards,
AVD

design for mankind. said...

You have such a LOVELY blog!!! :)

Laura said...

Hello Mike,

You have done really an amazing job.I was being amazed while scrolling down to read your article. I found and excellent designing for every sing step. Thanks for sharing this useful article.

Laura@ white painted furniture