Another refinishing project

pegtnSeptember 11, 2007

Last month I had great success with stripping and refinishing some wooden tables and stools, so I was eager to finish the refinishing job on a little nightstand that I had been working on. It had about 4 layers of paint, which too forever to get out of all the little decorative carvings in the piece. I finally finished sanding it on Saturday, and was excited to see how it would look stained. LOL It looked terrible. So now I'm just going to sand it a little to give it some "tooth" and paint it again.

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Many old pieces were painted because they were nothing special to begin with. Many have veeners rather than high grade wood thru out.
Several years ago I curb picked a dresser that someone had started to strip only to realize it wasn't a high grade wood all the way thru. the veener was missing in completely on some drawers. I brought it home as was. Sanded it, primed it then painted it using several shades of blue. It's now one of my favorite pieces.
sometimes it's not always the finsh product that we learn stuff from, sometimes it's the process and what it take to get to where it's really ours.

    Bookmark   September 11, 2007 at 2:56PM
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Carol, that is so very true!

And while stain is wonderful in many cases, some pieces really benefit from paint. Veneer pieces are a good example of that.

Peg, I hope you find the look you want with it. Based on the level of detail of the piece you describe, it sounds marvelous. And like a bit of paint in those nooks and crannies will bring out the detailing nicely. Best of luck to you!!


Here is a link that might be useful: My crafting/thrifting/vintage decorating blog

    Bookmark   September 12, 2007 at 8:11AM
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I was thinking about using a different color of paint in those nooks and crannies to highlight them. My mind is already racing with the possibilities of colors, or maybe even using a bit of wallpaper on the drawer.

    Bookmark   September 12, 2007 at 8:29AM
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You can use fabric on the flat surfaces too. There was a magazine not too long ago that had a dresser where they painted it a base color and the on each drawer used a different fabric print. It was absolutely stunning.

Highlighting with a contrasting color is a good idea too. Just go easy on the hioghlight color when you put it on....almost a dry brush approach works best.

    Bookmark   September 12, 2007 at 12:23PM
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Fabric on the drawer front is a great idea too!! I guess i need to decide if this is a piece i want to keep,and if so, where do i want to use it. If i'm just going to sell it, then i can paint or use whatever colors i want.

    Bookmark   September 12, 2007 at 1:46PM
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