|Project by SPHinTampa||posted 09-06-2010 07:17 PM||1618 views||0 times favorited||5 comments|
Recently purchased a rental home from the estate of an older lady that had not updated her furniture since the 60s. While moving the furniture out, noticed that the bedroom suite furniture was very solidly built so I decided to see if it could be updated – one step past using reclaimed lumber.
As you can see from the pictures, it was originally painted yellow over what appears to be red oak. I am hoping that it is red oak, because if it was mahogany and I did not just clear coat it, I will feel very guilty. Not sure if you can tell from pictures, but I would be interested in any guesses. I felt it was red oak with white pore filler based on the grain and colour. Stripper took away clear coat and yellow paint but left behind white coat on surface and pores. I am thinking that it was a wax based filler that the stripper did not touch … I had to sand away on surface. Could not get out of pores.
- Remove hardware
- Use 70% MEK based stripper to remove paint and surface coating. Required two coats of stripper.
- Neutralize with mineral spirits
- Sand out dings, dents and scratches using ROS with 120, 150, 180 grit paper
- Fix loose runners and mouldings
- 2 coats of minwax ebony stain
- 1 coat of spray shellac to keep stain from running into clear coat
- 3 coats of minwax poly, 2 gloss and final one satin
- Clean hardware with brass cleaner, Scuff sand with course steel wool, 3 coats of silver spray paint followed by 3 coats of spray poly
- I found a chemical I hate more than stain – stripper.
- Ventilation, mask, gloves and long sleeves are a must. I would wear a face mask vs goggles because I found that small bits of the stripper would get me when using the brush and it stings bad
- The stripper directions tell you to apply with one brush stroke in a single direction. I ignored on the first piece but used for the second – it makes a difference
-- Shawn, I ask in order to learn