Tuesday, February 19, 2019

refinishing a vintage art desk

I picked up a small vintage desk a while ago and tucked it in the back of my little shop.  Several days later a friend messaged me asking if I had any small desks for her to use to keep her sketchbooks and pencils in her master bedroom - but it had to be small because she had a specific spot it needed to fit in.  The little desk I picked up was perfect!

I saw this desk with a really classic finish.  Something that bordered on a little bit preppy like a two tone blazer - inspiration really comes from everywhere!

We settled on a warm cream with a stained top and drawer handles.  We chose Cheesecake from Country Chic Paint.

I sanded down the top and stained it with a warm Cappuccino coloured stain.  I also stained the pull out and the drawer handles the same - I love the look it gives and ties the whole piece together! I finished the stain with a couple coats of Hemp Oil for protection.

I brushed on three coats of Cheesecake for full coverage and then sanded and distressed it.  Country Chic Paint's All-in-One formula has a built in topcoat that is very durable.  It dries to a very matte finish, so if you like that look, you don't have to topcoat it!

I love how this piece turned out!

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Tuesday, February 5, 2019

an antique china cabinet in white

I have been fortunate over my painting career to paint some beautiful pieces for lovely clients.  This piece is one of them:

My client asked me if I could paint her antique china cabinet in a slightly off white, with no distressing at all.  Easy, right? Far from it!

Here is where we started out:

Pieces of this age are notorious for bleedthrough.  So after a good cleaning and light sanding, I gave the cabinet three coats of Kilz Stainblocking Primer.  I prefer to buy it in a spray can rather than having to brush it or roll it on by hand.  It's a little more expensive, but saves a ton of time!  Other primer options to block bleedthrough would be CoverStain or BIN.  I've had great success with Kilz and it's about half the price of BIN here, so that's what I use.

A key to getting a nice smooth finish when using primer is sanding lightly between coats. Depending on the texture I'm left with I use 220 or 320 grit and do a nice light sanding.  Vacuum up and apply your next coat of primer.  Use as many coats of primer as it takes until you're not seeing any more bleedthrough.  It may be 1 - it may be 5! You just never know how fussy each piece will be.

Onto the fun part! I sprayed this piece with two coats of Crinoline from Country Chic Paint.  I absolutely love this white.  It is a warm, slightly off white, that has no yellow tones.  It perfect and beautiful every time.

When you're distressing, you don't have to worry about sanding on the final step because that's what you want to do.  However, when I am doing a solid finish, I don't like to do any further than a light kiss sand (definitely not a technical term! You barely want to be touching the surface) with 320-400grit.  So I lightly sand between my coats with 220 grit of paint to ensure a nice smooth finish.

I finished this cabinet off with a few coats of satin poly.

I absolutely love how this piece turned out!

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