|Project by Nkosika||posted 06-17-2012 02:45 PM||2197 views||1 time favorited||5 comments|
A friend of mine had recieved a free 1920’s singer sewing cabinet that was deystroyed but fit perfectly into a project I wanted to do, refinishing something free that if I deystroyed it wouldn’t be missed. It took a few hours just figure out what had been done to it over the 90 last years. Pained, Shelf papered, painted again. I would get to test out products I had never used to strip this.
I used a 2 step Star 10 product to strip it. Step 1, A thick paste that you just leave on and it eats the paint, lifted and bubbled the shelf paper and took off the varnish. Scraped it off and then Step 2, which is like paint thinner, cleans off and takes a lot of the stain out of the wood. The table top took a couple of treatments but drawers and bottoms only took 1 step. I was above average happy with these products although a little pricey.
I then used Zinsser, 2 step wood bleaching to get all the color out of the table top portions, leaving the bottom pieces out of this process. This worked well but wear thick rubber gloves, step 2 generates a chemical reaction heat. Then sanded down the veeneer as much as possible to remove worn out grain from use.
Originally everything was stained Maple but now is faded. So I took teal oil wipe on wipe off General Finishes, stained the bottom lightly to freshen the color, then a few coats on the sanded, bleached tops to match the color. I hate oil stain but wanted it to be as close to original as possible.
I then used General Finishes, Satin Varnish, 3 coats everywhere, for the table top sanding 250 grit each coat but not on the bottom areas. I used rags for everything, stain and varnish, no sprays. On the table top, I finished it off with a 700 wet dry handsanding, using water. For a Satin varnish it is still pretty reflective and very smooth.
It is a gift to the owner, I learned a lot and it has flaws, especially in the varnish, eye brow hairs and lashes, some bubbles I couldn’t sand out. But overall I am happy, if you want to see more pictures and descriptions – https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.351981678171537.74859.100000791240960&type=3&l=0385385826
I did step by step on my facebook page.