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Topic: My adventure in refinishing... just starting out  (Read 848 times)
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« on: July 19, 2014 09:20:43 PM »

Thought I would share my travels in learning about refinishing a cedar chest.  May be someone else will learn something faster! Wink

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.   Cool

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.  

« Last Edit: July 19, 2014 09:22:13 PM by BattleAxe » THIS ROCKS   Logged
« Reply #1 on: January 12, 2015 08:03:52 PM »

so did you refinish or paint?  or is it still sitting there waiting, like it would be at my house?

"Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep." - Scott Adams
« Reply #2 on: January 13, 2015 02:27:13 PM »

Sadly, its still sitting there. Its a matter of funds.  My spouse isn't allowed to work yet and with daycare.... so ya, its not done yet. 

Meanwhile, I've accumulated a 70's ..ish.. desk and chair to do too. 

Hopefully by the time I have play funds, i'll have decided on the colour too.  Lots of General Finishes milk paints look amazing!

Here's the site:  https://generalfinishes.com/

Lots of inspiration on their Facebook page too as people keep submitting completed pieces.
« Reply #3 on: May 15, 2015 06:42:36 PM »

I know this is several months old I'm not sure if you worked on your project yet, but I thought I would jump in anyways.  I have redone several pieces of furniture all very inexpensively giving them the crackle appearance.  All you need is some Elmer's glue.  What I do is paint the piece in a base color - acrylic paint is fine.  Let it dry then I add just a tiny bit of water to the glue to thin it out.  Use a sponge brush to paint the glue over the surface you want to crackle.   Next paint over the glue with a lighter color of paint - the color you want your finished piece to be.  Let it dry - as the glue dries it pulls on the paint giving it an old painted look.  I usually just use my homemade recipe for chalk paint so it's very cheap. 

If you google Elmer's glue crackle finish you should be able to find ton's of tutorials.  I would post some pics of my pieces, but I don't have enough posts  Undecided.

Tandy@ The Gift of Thrifting
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