Primitive Country Furniture

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Blog entry by rseabrease posted 12-11-2009 04:37 PM 1708 reads 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My wife really likes primitive country style furniture and fixtures. This is great for me because in most cases these are made from modestly priced woods that are easy on the tools. The usual materials are pine or poplar and they are painted with typical “historical” colors. I am the first to admit that these items are best matched to my woodworking skills. Simple and forgiving. Paint will cover a multitude of sins and my wife likes the colors. So for me it is a win-win situation.

One method I have found that works great for painting the wood is what I call “dry brush”. This method may be know by some other name but I discovered the method by pure accident. Here is the process. I put one coat of paint on the project and insure it covers all areas with an even coat. Then, after about a half an hour I will go over the project again with a very small amount of paint on the brush and continue my brush strokes until the brush bristles are almost dry. After the project completely dries it gives a rather unique, aged appearance.

Again, I want to say how much I like the LumberJocks site and all the great people who have contacted me. I have finally found an online home.


-- Richard

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#1 posted 12-11-2009 06:10 PM

That sounds like a great tip Richard. Welcome to LJ’s and thanks for posting.

-- Brad, Oregon- The things that come to those who wait, may be the things left by those who got there first.

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#2 posted 12-11-2009 06:34 PM

Good idea on the dry brushing. Any pics?

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#3 posted 12-11-2009 06:53 PM

Over the Christmas vacation I want to get my photos together and get them on the site. I have photos of my shop and of some projects I have completed. Some will have to be scanned into digital format and I will take more photos also.

-- Richard

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#4 posted 12-11-2009 09:02 PM

After the new year, I will be starting on a headboard project, a Mexican Rustic style with a hammered copper Texas Star for the guest bedroom. My master bedroom is Mexican Rustic, all the furniture is as they say, Hecho En Mexico. No Texas star, but some nicely done wrought ironwork on it. Materials are typically Oak of some variety, Southern Yellow, or Lodgepole Pine. Mine is SYP with a tinted BLO / bees wax finish. Not sure what the tinting agent is…

I completely agree, a rustic style allows for a LOT more goofs cosmetically. And while I am not a fan of painted pieces, they are certainly fitting for a Mid West or New England rustic styles.

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#5 posted 12-11-2009 10:09 PM

great tip and I look forward to the pix.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#6 posted 12-12-2009 01:08 AM

aka over-brushing.

Have you tried milk paints?

Real Milk Paint

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#7 posted 12-12-2009 01:16 AM

Welcome Richard
Thanks for the tip.

-- Custom furniture

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#8 posted 12-12-2009 01:18 AM

Welcome to LJ’s. I have some similar interests and I appreciate the painting tip. I will give it a try. I look forward to you posting some of the projects. My wife is wanting to do a small writing desk just big enough for a laptop and maybe an accent piece or two for our guest bedroom and she wants it to be black but not glossy.

-- Duane, Iowa

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#9 posted 12-12-2009 09:08 AM

Good tip and welcome to LJ’s.

-- Bob Kenosha Wi.

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#10 posted 12-14-2009 03:58 PM

I want to thank everyone for their responses. I really appreciate them. Over my Christmas holiday I plan to take some recent photos of my shop and also my latest projects. This past weekend my wonderful wife took me to the Antique Mall in Fayettesville, PA and bought me 8 old wooden planes. The one was dated between 1790 and 1840. Such a history. I will put these planes on line also because I have to photograph them and put the photos in a small photo album to take with me when I go shopping. That way I will not duplicate any of the molding planes.

Again, thank you all so much for the correspondence.

-- Richard

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#11 posted 12-14-2009 04:01 PM


I was once privileged to teach some telecommunications courses at a community college in El Rito, NM which is north of Alberqurque. They had a woodworking program along with other cultural skills programs which featured some beautiful furniture including the Mission style. Really wonderful people at the school.

-- Richard

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#12 posted 12-14-2009 04:02 PM

Could someone tell me how to correspond directly back to the people who have responded to this Blog? So far I have just responded here but not sure if everyone gets the follow up.

-- Richard

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