Monday, May 20, 2024
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Old Furniture- New Finish

This week I bought two nice pieces, one from a charity shop and one from a local market. In this post I thought I would give you a run down of process and exactly what goes into creating this kind of finish on furniture.

The first thing that I do, and I recommend that you do it too, is to give your piece a good clean with warm water and a detergent. This helps with the sanding process as dirt and grease will clog your paper.
Next, sanding. The best way to explain is to show you a picture…This is what the table looked like before I started…

…and this is what it looked like after sanding…

To start with I used 40 grit paper, followed by 80, 120 and finally 150 grit to give a nice smooth finish ready for painting and staining. Its important to thoroughly clean down the piece before paint.
Every piece is different but on this one I started with the legs and frame first with two coats of Zinsser Coverstain then two coats of Dulux Trade Eggshell. In between each coat sand and then clean down with a damp cloth.
For the top I used a Antique Pine wood-stain followed by three coats of satin clear varnish. Again make sure you sand and clean down after each coat.
This is the result. A vast improvement you must agree…

The other piece is a small occasional table, shown below. In this case the top and shelf were stained with Jacobean Walnut, the other paint and process were the same as above. For more info please visit my facebook page or twitter @josephandson

Happy Painting

Joseph & Son Painting & Decorating Contractors

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