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Topic: DAY OF THE DEAD chest of drawers help!  (Read 1378 times)
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« on: June 22, 2009 09:51:20 PM »

So here she is, the chest of drawers I have had for the entirety of my life. In fact, my Mother once told me it was my changing table too (okay, TMI, sorry).

Any who, I have always liked how sturdy it is, and the 'bones' of it are alright too (though a bit dull). However, its UGLY!

So, here is my question:
   I wanted to paint a Catrina on the front. similar to this one: http://www.hospiceslo.org/events/diadelosmuertos/img/calavera_de_la_catrina.gif
but I am unsure about how best to go about it. I want to use my acrylic paints (to save $$$), but I liked the idea of staining the entire thing espresso first.

Oh, and did I mention that I plan on mosaic-ing the top with stained glass and bits of mirror?

So, is it even possible to paint acrylic over wood stain?
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« Reply #1 on: June 23, 2009 10:35:03 AM »

Wow, you really want to change that COD!!   Wink  Okay this is what I would do...

I would sand the dresser to get the old finish off.  Then take a piece of paper or cardstock, and draw the Catrina on it.  Cut out the outline of the image.  In the meanwhile, I would take some wide painter's tape and line it up on a clean mirror or window or something smooth like that so that the pieces overlap to make a "painter's tape sheet" (I hope that makes sense).  Trace the Catrina outline on the sheet and then cut the image out with an exacto knife.  Then, stick it on the dresser wherever you want it to go making sure to press it down really well on the edges.  Stain the dresser and then remove the painter's tape.  This would leave an unstained outline of the image.  When the stain dries, you can take the acrylic paints and fill in the image.  When it dries, you can varnish the whole dresser to protect it.  

I know it's going to look great and make sure you post some pictures of it!
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« Reply #2 on: June 23, 2009 11:06:24 AM »

carmencrafter had a good idea.  But I would highly recommend sealing the unstained part where the skull will be with gesso.  It's an extra step, but trust me, it's worth it.  Otherwise the unfinished wood will suck up the acrylic like crazy.  You'll end up needing more coats, and more paint does not mean saving money ! Cheesy  Plus with gesso under-painting the colors will be brighter!

If you do gesso it, it should take about 2-3 coats, you don't want to see any of the wood grain.  Let it dry completely and sand it in one direction between coats. Good luck, can't wait to see it finished. La Dia de los Muertos is so beautiful!

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« Reply #3 on: July 10, 2009 04:02:38 PM »

Thank you so much for the tips!

More questions: is it possible to purchase really small ammounts of crazy colored woodstain anywhere (red, blue, green, orange and purple). Would this be cost effective - OR - could I just water down regular paint to get a similar look??

Alrighty... a little update on the plans. I think I will be drawing the image on in pencil and then wood-burning the lines in and some shadowing. What do you all think of adding some stylized monsoon clouds and perhaps a stand or two of ocotillo? I want it to remind me of my desert home.
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