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Blog entry by jacob34 posted 843 days ago 942 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Soooo I have completed most of the bookshelf my sister asked for and I think it turned out nicely not perfect and definitely not with out a little cussing and lost skin although both at a minimum. I have constructed and sanded the bookshelf and come to the last, she wants it painted. Now I admit my painting up to this point has been rattle can and on school projects mostly, although I did spray paint a three foot tall and four foot long buffalo for my step son for Kansas day although that is probably a different website as it was paper mache(or however you spell it).

My question or issue if you will is two fold first I made the project out of pine as it was cheap and this was in essence the second planned out project someone else might see, second I don’t know anything about painting furniture. Do I need to paint it with primer first of make sure there is primer in the paint? I seem to remember although not in time that pine is not a good wood to paint is that true?

She also wants some wooden decorations painted on the side, will the wood glue stick to the paint and if not what does?

-- so a bear and a rabbit are sitting on a log



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Rick Dennington

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#1 posted 843 days ago

Jake:

You should have no trouble painting the bookcase as long as you put on a couple of coats of a good latex primer..either white or grey (I presume you’re using latex paint). I’ve even used Kiltz on pine. Latex dries pretty quick (about 30-45 minutes between coats). Once the primer coats are dry, then put a couple of coats of whatever color latex you are going to use (usually 2-3 coats are enough), again letting each coat dry really good. Once the shelf has dried, say for a couple of days, then you can use a good wood glue like Titebond to glue on the wooden decorations, using clamps to hold it in place and let it dry…...If you have a pneumatic nailer (say 18 gage), or a pin nailer, put a couple of nails to hold it, and you should be good to go….. I assume the decors will be painted, also, so give them drying time, too before applying them…... One more thing: use a good latex brush. Latex cleans up easily with soap and water….....Don’t use oil-base paint..that shelf will smell for a year…....Hope this helps…....

-- " I started with nothing, and I've still got most of it left".......

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bondogaposis

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#2 posted 843 days ago

I am working on painting a pine piece with milk paint right now. I just sanded it and put it on w/ a roller and foam brush. No primer, just bare wood. I just put the second coat on today and it is drying now. It may need a third coat but, will have to wait and see how it looks when dry. This is my first project using milk and I can’t really say how it will hold up so far it looks pretty good. I’m using the General Finishes brand of milk paint.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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Rick Dennington

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#3 posted 843 days ago

Bondo:

That’s interesting and useful information, as I have never used milk paint…I’ve often wondered how it would look…let us know how it turns out….No primer, huh? Interesting…...

-- " I started with nothing, and I've still got most of it left".......

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jacob34

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#4 posted 843 days ago

milk paint? I have never heard of it I am intrigued, I will haft to look into that. thanks Rick I had read somewhere that pine was difficult to paint, I haven’t thought about latex but it is probably the route I will go, although the milk paint is interesting.

-- so a bear and a rabbit are sitting on a log

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jacob34

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#5 posted 841 days ago

after all this she ended up wanted it stained

-- so a bear and a rabbit are sitting on a log

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