Ah, the Duncan Phyfe Dining Table is done! Today I’m sharing No Sanding! How to Refinish Wood with General Finishes Gel Stain plus video tutorial. Basically, how I was able to refinish the top without actually sanding it back. The original top was worn but otherwise in pretty good condition and it didn’t have any shiny lacquer or shellac finish. Since the table only needed a little bit of shoring up (I used glue to clamp down the veneer in places along the underside) and we wanted to go darker in color, it was the perfect candidate for the No Sanding Needed application of General Finishes Gel Stain. Yup – no sanding needed!CONTINUE READING
I receive many questions on the exact technique of painting with chalk or milk paint. I enjoy answering but feel that paint is much more than technique. I was having fun in the garage yesterday and thought to share a video with you, How to Blend and Mix Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. You can use any colors and just have fun with it!
Before we begin today, I want to share that my website is “under construction” and is getting a makeover. I am doing it myself, so please excuse any issues for a few weeks. Sorry that Wednesday’s post was published Thursday. I am trying, folks!
Today’s post is about paint finishes. In particular, how to seal your paint for a durable finish. I have been using a fantastic new product by General Finishes, their Flat Out Flat Topcoat. It’s water based – love that – and creates a great smooth, durable finish. It really is so simple to apply and I use it over both their milk paint and their new line of chalk style paint. Here is the video on the application process. So simple!
What a very frustrating few days it has been in my blogging world! My web hosting service decided to migrate my site to a larger server. It went really wrong and took them a full day to fix with my site being down the entire time. Wednesday’s post was lost in the process and many never had a chance to read it before it disappeared. Thank you to all who emailed and got in touch to let me know of the issues. I really appreciate it! Technology – how I love and hate it at the same time 🙂
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A quick tutorial on how I apply Annie Sloan wax onto chalk paint to give a durable, hand rubbed finish. On this video I used both her clear and dark waxes.
Some pieces cry out to me, “Distress Me!” while others scream, “Leave Me Alone!” It depends on the piece and the finish.
If the piece has a lot of detail, I lean towards chalk paint. That’s the beauty of chalk paint – the fact that it is so easily sanded back to reveal the layers and details underneath. It lends itself to that aged, old world look of distressed furniture.
I worked on Lauren’s dresser a few years ago and used a great technique – wet distressing.
Take your piece and apply a base coat of chalk paint in your choice of color. I always use Annie Sloan Chalk Paint and on Lauren’s dresser I used Paris Grey. After the first coat has dried, apply another coat of the paint. Before this coat dries completely (I wait about 5 to 10 minutes) take either a wet wipe or damp paper towel and lightly swipe it over the paint. Continue this until you achieve the amount of distressing you desire.
Yesterday’s post was all about the color Chateau Grey and I used my little Diamond in the Rough table as an example. I was so happy that many enjoyed the post and thought to answer the main question I received in a post rather than in the comments section. The question was about the wood top and how I refinished it. Particularly, how I was able to fill the holes and what stain I used.
The following remains one of my top pinned and shared posts. I just added a section on General Finishes products as well as a few great tips from readers. Enjoy and hope it is of help!
I have been using and enjoying General Finishes milk paint for a few years now. It is an acrylic based paint and does not naturally chip off as other milk paints may do. It allows me to distress where I want and goes on smoothly and dries quickly. I have to say, I really love this paint. Another plus is that it does not require wax – I love chalk paint but let’s be real, waxing is a chore!
I am working on the Drexel Triune Dresser and tried a new color combo – General Finishes Lamp Black with their Winter White Glaze. It looks pretty neat!
Here is my YouTube channel tutorial on this project and how to apply any General Finishes glaze over their milk paint – enjoy!
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