|Project by Brett||posted 02-16-2014 09:57 PM||873 views||2 times favorited||6 comments|
Hey there folks!
I am sooooo proud of myself! I actually started and completed a project that didn’t run into months. Even the smallest project seems to get put off until some substantial amount of time passes before I can call it done.
This was a fun and needed project. As you can see, it is a bookshelf.
I used 3/4” poplar plywood, 2×4’s and pocket holes for the construction. Nothing fancy here! The case was made with the plywood and the top, face frame and trim was made by re-sawing the 2×4s. I left a back off of it to save material and cost. It is secured to the wall with screws into the studs.
I used plain ol’ latex paint wiped on and back off to give the wood it’s color but allowing the grain to show through. Just like stain but with paint. After the paint dried (2-4 hrs) I came back and very lightly sanded the surfaces to “wear out” the paint. I wanted a washed out look to it.
After sanding, I wiped the surfaces vigorously with a clean rag to buff up the surfaces. They looked pretty good at this point but I definitely wanted a top coat for protection. I used 2, Deft Clear Wood Finish in satin, for the top coat. Using these spray cans have given me great results every time and it makes finishing so much less stressful and time consuming for me. If you haven’t tried any of the spray can finishes yet, you may want to.
Another tip IF you like color in your projects… Paint samples. They are small amounts, custom colors, and inexpensive. If you have a Miller Paint around, they are the best deal I think. You get a quart of custom color for $5.
Thanks for checking this out!
More details of the build found at my personal blog.
-- Hand Crafted by Brett Peterson John 3:16 http://www.TheCrookedNail.blogspot.com