- Wooden Furniture (visible grain & knots are especially nice)
- Paint - I used "Cilantro", non-shiny finishes are best.
- Paint Brushes - I like synthetic.
- Drop Cloth / Old Sheets
- Orbital Sander + Pads: Coarse & Fine
- Protection: Gloves, Goggles & Mask. Safety first!
- Minwax Polycrylic - Satin
Hey I'm not gonna judge... just here to give a little facelift! First things first, give it a proper inspection. Make sure your piece is sturdy, and make any necessary repairs before continuing.
Next up, let's break out the orbital. Now, I've suggested in the past few tutorials that you pick one of these up. For this project it's pretty essential, because sanding by hand would be a nightmare! I promise these things come in handy, and aren't too expensive. I'm using a coarse sanding pad here for paint removal. Mask, goggle up, and get started!
Gently stir your seal. This is important! I made the mistake once of not stirring, and my "satin" came out "glossy". The company explained that if it settles that will happen. So learn from me, and stir (not shake) that polycrylic. Use a synthetic brush and start coating your seal on. One coat is enough for basic protection, but if you think it will get heavy use, go with a second. I actually did a third on just the seat for even more protection. You're done! Here's mine:
I especially love that top piece there. Turning a rounded edge into multiple flat edges definitely gives this chair a hand chiseled look. So how did you do? This is my favorite technique by far. Just think, those who don't ask will assume you chiseled this chair piece by piece from some old tree, and that's just fine. It just goes to show that the furniture we already own can almost always be brought back to life instead of tossing them aside.
Thanks for tuning in for yet another session of School of Restoration. This is definitely one of the less complicated tutorials, but after last months re-upholstery I think we needed a fun one! If you decide to try this on something of yours, send in your pictures - we'd love to see & share them.
If you missed the last few tutorials, you can find them all here. Tune in next month for another technique tutorial in the School of Restoration, when I guest post again on The Divine Minimalist. The weather is getting warmer, which means more fun and more projects. Take care, class dismissed!