Thought I would share my travels in learning about refinishing a cedar chest. May be someone else will learn something faster!
First, I know nothing to very little about wood finishes. I know paint, primer, stain and varnish. I do not know what other finishes are called or I would look them up!
I rescued a Lane cedar chest from the garbage last year. It was full of white mold. I bleached it and will bleach it again before refinishing...
Its been sitting in the hall begging my attention. I keep wavering on what to do. Paint? Full paint? Stain? Stain/paint to match the dining room set? Go funky? Stay conventional? Crackle?
Finally decided to put one foot in front of the other and head to the home improvement store in hopes of enlightenment.
So I went to Lowes. I happen to ask about crackle to see a sample so I would know if its something that I like. They sent me to Home Depot.
I went to Home Depot and asked if they had crackle paint. They sent me to Randall's.
I went to Randall's and asked if they had crackle or specialty paint, they sent me to Wallacks.
A very cool guy at Wallacks gave me my first lesson in specialty painting. He talked about acrylics and gel stuff... I really didn't know what look I was going for and mentioned possibly layering paints and having the other show from below. He mentions milk paint, instructs me to watch a lot of youtube videos for General Finishes milk paint (no actual milk products in this one!), and then sends me to Lee Valley.
I have yet to make it to Lee Valley.
But, I have spent the better part of the night watching videos, trolling Google images and expanding my new found lust for milk paint to other potential victims in my house like the kitchen cabinets and coffee table.
So far I have learned that:
- milk paint doesn't require sanding. can go over existing finish
- I do not like the distressed look nearly as much as I thought
- People really overdo the distressed look
- I do like pinstriping on cabinets
- I think the cedar chest is a little too flat for the double layer paint effect
- May have to consider putting moulding on the chest to do the double layer paint effect...
- Some people really overdo the glazing
- I like the glazed look... just not to the point where it looks dirty
- Its hard to find a site with a solid set of samples for milk paint combiniations.
- Oh the colour combos to choose from. https://generalfinishes.com/retail-products/water-base-milk-paints-glazes
- I need money
- I fear of hoarding old furniture to feed my new obession
That's it for one night's work. I will update as things progress.