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« on: May 14, 2008 08:30:54 AM »

This may seem like kind of stupid question, but I'm a newbie to this sort of craft. I picked up a desk for $25 that has tons of little drawers, so I wanted to paint so that it looks like one of those Chinese medicine cabinents. Don't know if you've ever seen something like that- but I saw one once in an antique store that was painted red, black and gold. So, my question is: what's the best type of paint to use for a project like that? Should I buy, say, a craft paint or a wood paint? Look at the art store or home depot?
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« Reply #1 on: May 18, 2008 12:02:34 PM »

Take in a drawer to the local paint store and ask for help.  I like the smaller paint stores, with the old guys with years of experience!  Tell them what you want to do, ask them to show you how different paints looks when dry, and ask them about the prep work you need to do BEFORE any paint goes down.

Sounds like a fun project.

« Reply #2 on: May 19, 2008 04:44:21 PM »

i work in the paint department at a California based hardware store.

You want to get interior wall paint.  that will work just fine.  if you want to do detail craft paint will work but you will need to get a clear coat (acrylic not oil) to put over the design to protect it.  before you do anything you want to clean it, if it is painted use TSP( they will know what you are talking about at the store) to degloss it. if you want to you can sand it down, but if you don't know  what it is on it, you don't have too.  If it is painted and you know how old the paint it, i wouldn't because there could be lead in the paint and you don't want to be breathing it.  Then you will want to prime it for the best adhesion on your desk. 

Then have fun. 

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