Raspberry Buffet

I often hear folks who paint furniture to sell lament painting things white.  “customers want everything painted white,” they say, “white furniture is what sells”, “we’re so sick and tired of painting things white!”.  The redundancy is squelching creativity for some folks.

Oh, if only there was a pop of color…..

So, can you imagine how Excited I was at the request to combine FUSION’s Cranberry and CUREiously Pink to create a custom RASPBERRY color for a shapely but dull buffet?

 

WOWZA!!!

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The approximate mix was about 3 parts Cranberry to 1 part CUREiously Pink.  The pink was actually surprisingly robust!

Prep = Cleaning and Repairs

I’ve had this piece sitting in the shop for several months and never noticed this awful repair attempt until I took it apart to wash it.  Someone attempted to glue this piece of trim back on.  However, it looks like they tried doing it without clamping it as it was glued BELOW it’s target.  Luckily, they also used inappropriate glue for the job, so it was easy to dislodge with a razor blade, clean, and attach properly.

I have talked in previous posts about washing thoroughly with TSP Alternative before painting. TSPupdated2 FUSION’s TSP alternative degreases without requiring rinsing and is biodegradable.  Many other cleaners are toxic (to you and the environment) and need to be rinsed, so this is the product I recommend.  In addition to degreasing, older pieces may also need dewaxing with mineral spirits.  A thick, scratchable layer of paste furniture wax isn’t the only sign that there is still waxy residue; years and layers of Pledge-type “furniture polish” products tend to build up over time and leave a thin, silicone-like layer on furniture that acts as a resist to paint. Think about how often your grandmother or great-grandmother polished her furniture.

This piece was washed until the wash water ran clean.  And then, I put some paint on part of it just to see how resistant the remaining surface was.  As I suspected, there was waxy residue on it.  This “fisheye” look as the paint pulls back from the surface is an indication that your surface needs to be cleaned with mineral spirits.

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Enter Mineral Spirits!

One look at my rag and you can see the additional grime that was trapped within layers of waxy residue.  Odorless mineral spirits dissolves the wax and releases the rest of the grunge.  NOW we’re ready to paint!!

 

Color!

I decided to paint a quick base coat of Cranberry as a transition color since I had only mixed up a single pint of the custom raspberry color to match the customer’s color swatch and didn’t want to run out if the coverage wasn’t solid.  Turns out, the coverage was pretty great!

After drying for a couple of days, it was time for the black glaze.  I love using FUSION’s Clear Glaze since it can be mixed with any color paint to get the exact glaze shade you want.  I just mixed a little bit of Coal Black in and was ready to apply!

Glazing with black tinted glaze deepens the paint color just a little and leaves nice definition in the crevice details. Here are two drawers, one with and one without glaze for comparison.  You simply apply, and then wipe back the glaze until you have the desired effect.  It stays wet for a long time so you can work with it more easily.

 

This is how the whole piece looks, freshly glazed.  We also cleaned and oiled the hardware with hemp oil to maintain and enhance the original aged patina.

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A little more tweaking, a few internal repairs (door latches) and…..

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Warm vs. cool lighting makes quite a difference for this color.

Either way, it POPS!!!

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Battered Buffet

Oh how I have been in search of a buffet to paint!!

I finally found this set in an online auction and was pretty excited about the possibilities. The tricky thing about an online auction is you rarely have the opportunity to see the pieces live and “kick the tires”…it’s all reliant on photos.

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In this case the photos didn’t really show the whole picture, and it’s even difficult to see in the photos I have posted here.  The wood veneer on the china cabinet is, in fact, more gorgeous than these photos reveal.  And I mean in a “holy cow no one should ever put paint on that beautiful wood” kind of way.

 

 

The buffet had, however been quite battered, including chipped veneer, poorly applied ancient shellac, and structural cracks.  Perfect for Paint!!!

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Luckily I was able to find a home for the china cabinet with someone who was as in love with the wood as I was and planned on sprucing up only the interior with some color. Whew!

First step after washing and scuff sanding was to remove the doors, drawers and hardware.  After that it was on with stripping the old finish off the scratched and stained top to see what condition the wood was underneath.

A few coats of Citristrip later and it looked pretty good with the exception of some character-building dings and a single light burn mark from a hot dish.  That helped to make the decision for a dark stain on top to blend in the burn.  Here’s how it looked after two applications of Minwax Jacobean stain and a several thin layers of Polycrylic Matte for a topcoat.

 

 

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For the body, I started with a good cleaning with TSP, light sanding and scrub with some odorless mineral spirits to remove any residual wax.  A few repairs here and there (and everywhere…) – including repairing the top finish after some precariously stacked boards in the overstuffed garage were accidentally knocked onto the curing finish…yes, a variety of words were said.

A base coat of FUSION Concealer helped to solidify coverage for the first coat of FUSION Raw Silk.  It only took two coats of Raw Silk to get great coverage overall.  I used a microfiber roller on the flat spots and my go-to angled 2 inch flat brush for the rest.  I was EXHAUSTED after working the flat brush into all of those curves on the legs…and I still missed a bunch of spots.  This strategy was Not going to work.

Enter Staalmeester!

I had a set of Staalmeester brushes I have been wanting to try out, but frankly didn’t anticipate being wowed by any cutting edge paintbrush advances…I mean, it’s just a paintbrush, right?

Folks have been buzzing about how great the pointed sash brush is for getting into nooks and crannies, so I decided to give it a try since it couldn’t get worse than what I did with the flat brush!

H-O-L-Y    C-O-W   was I totally Wowed!!!!

The #18 pointed sash brush at the very bottom if the picture became my new favorite tool.  It slid effortlessly into all of those nooks, held tons of paint, and laid down a smooth, even layer of paint in half the time it took me to attempt the base coat.

I will Never paint curves again without it!!!

After that valuable lesson, I have lightly distressed and partially antiqued this piece.  I also reassembled the buffet and painted a few coats of concealer inside the cabinets and Chocolate inside the badly beaten drawers.  Here’s a peek at the progress so far…

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 There is much more finishing work to be done  – MORE TO COME!!!

 

 

 

Coming Along…

These 2 dressers were made by Star Furniture Company from Jamestown, NY.  The company went out of business in 1929 so these dressers were crafted sometime in the 1920’s.

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Overall they were in decent shape, however there was some missing trim that needed to be replaced and some that was barely attached and needed to be secured.  There was also a lot of wax on these pieces so abundant odorless mineral spirits were used and the pieces were given an all-over light sanding.

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I applied one coat of FUSION Mineral Paint Concealer to build a base layer and then it only took 2 coats of Fusion Raw Silk (my all-time favorite neutral white) to complete coverage.

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After that, I very lightly distressed a few strategic places with sandpaper to highlight a few of the details and then applied Fusion Antiquing Glaze to further enhance details.

  Although Fusion has a built-in top coat and cures hard enough to handle lots of wear and tear, I tend to treat horizontal surfaces roughly and therefore assume others do too.  So, I treated the top with a couple of coats of FUSION Tough Coat just to make sure stains and things will never mar the top of this piece.

Lastly, a little clear wax on the drawer edges to ensure continued smooth sliding and she was finished!

 

 Next comes the sister dresser with the attached mirror…

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Antique Secretary

 

From this,

To This:

I picked this up from a college student moving out of her apartment – she bought this with plans to paint it but it never even made it into her apartment!  This sweet compact secretary sat in her breezeway collecting mail and dust and now her lease was up and she needed to move on.

I really liked the texture of the wood on this piece and wanted to make sure it was accentuated.  FUSION Homestead Blue has such great coverage that one thin coat was all I needed so it didn’t flatten out the grain.  While you could see the wood texture close up, the color was a bit too uniform for what I was trying to do, so I used FUSION’s antiquing glaze with a little extra Chocolate paint mixed in to darken it up.  Finally, I added a tiny bit of strategic distressing so it didn’t look too new and further accentuated some areas with a bit of black wax.  While I didn’t need to use wax for sealing because FUSION has a built-in topcoat, I wanted some extra depth.  I LOVE how easy this wax is to use and how forgiving the black wax is.

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The interior was papered with some illegible script and a few of the organizers were painted inside with Soapstone to add some interest.

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With the new finish, the original hardware really stands out and makes more of a statement than before.

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