Oh NO - Paint!

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Project by Timber4fun posted 07-31-2008 06:42 PM 2096 views 1 time favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I am not a big fan of painting furniture, but this was a case of my wife bringing me a picture. What can you do? This piece is designed to be rustic, rough and country. I tried my best. Some of the boards were purposely left rough and unplanned to a certain extent. The drawer is dovetailed. I used a Porter-Cable dovetail jig. The paint is supposed to look like a green apple. It definitely brightens up the house. The wood is Cyprus. I got it from a retired woodworker. Just thought I’d share.

-- Tim from Iowa City, IA

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#1 posted 07-31-2008 06:55 PM

Painting the right project is appropriate. You shouldn’t apologize for your own interpretation.

I like the idea of distressing projects, too. I once saw a program where a woodworker beat the top of a bookcase or table (I can’t recall) with a length of chain to add “character.” It was really cool. One of my favorite pieces is a walnut drop-leaf table at the school where I work. I has hand-planed marks on the top. It distinguishes it from the ordinary a good deal.

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#2 posted 07-31-2008 06:59 PM

very beautiful project

-- jeanmarc manosque france

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dennis mitchell

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#3 posted 07-31-2008 07:02 PM

...and if you get tired of it you can always paint it.

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#4 posted 07-31-2008 07:16 PM

Very nice. I love the dovetails on a painted table.

-- Jim

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#5 posted 07-31-2008 07:19 PM

great looking. sometimes paint is the answer

-- making sawdust....

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#6 posted 07-31-2008 08:25 PM

Very nice. Not only it’s cool, the place where it sits will look cool too.

..but do not paint figured wood and the expensive one.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#7 posted 07-31-2008 08:53 PM

I’d say mission accomplished. Paint is appropriate on this project.

Nice job.

-- Kip Northern Illinois ( If you don't know where your goin any road will take you there) George Harrison

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#8 posted 07-31-2008 08:59 PM

I’m not usre I agree with faux distressing, but the furniture in my house takes such a beating, I want it to start out as good as possible. Life will take care of the rest. I do like this a bunch. The color choice is particularly nice when matcehd with the hardware. Thanks for posting

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#9 posted 07-31-2008 09:05 PM

Thanks for all the comments. My wife likes it and it did turn out well.

-- Tim from Iowa City, IA

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#10 posted 07-31-2008 09:33 PM

“the customer/ boss is always right”. It looks great.

-- A thing of beauty is a joy forever...

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#11 posted 07-31-2008 09:45 PM

I love it and it sure would look nice in my house with my lovely green walls!

oh .. and yes, painting is fine but NEVER NEVER NEVER paint walnut or you’ll never hear the last of it! Sigh.. ((lesson learned)) .. but it was a snowman.. and snowmen should be white not dark brown!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#12 posted 07-31-2008 10:20 PM

I agree… this is a case where paint makes the project sing…

Nice looking piece.

-- Ryno

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#13 posted 07-31-2008 11:13 PM


Don’t feel so bad. Fine Woodworking did a feature on Milk Paint in one of the latest issues and look at all the kitchen cabinets, they are painted.

Looks good. Like the DT on the drawer.

-- The more skilled you are at something, the worse you are at it when someone is watching.

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#14 posted 08-01-2008 01:12 AM

I think it looks pretty nice. Nice piece.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#15 posted 08-01-2008 03:27 PM

MsDebbieP – I have a feeling there may be a story in there somewhere … I think it would be hard for me to paint walnut, maple, cherry, oak or any other hardwood for that matter. In this case I used Cyprus, which I picked up 600 bf for $75. I don’t feel so bad. I am over it. :) I do appreciate all the comments. I am sure there will be more projects that will “require” painting. :)

-- Tim from Iowa City, IA

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