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Forum topic by pgottschling posted 12-19-2016 04:44 PM 296 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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pgottschling

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12-19-2016 04:44 PM

Hi all,
My wife ordered this vanity and didn’t expect it to be so whitewashed when we got it. She had a coworker who supposedly refinished furniture who said he would do it for relatively cheap. Long story short, he ended up staining the entire thing which came out like a cherry color which my wife hated. In attempt to fix this, the guy palm sanded just about the whole thing. We are now trying to figure out our options how to salvage this. We are thinking just paint it black, so I bought a tinted latex primer and black satin paint at Sherwin Williams. Before I commit to painting it black, I wanted to get your thoughts since we aren’t experienced.
The frame of it is solid acacia and the drawer fronts are acacia veneers.

http://www.fairmontdesigns.com/bath/napa-60-double-bowl-vanity-sonoma-sand/

Thanks in advance for your help!




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ChefHDAN

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#1 posted 12-19-2016 05:02 PM

I hate painting wood but there is a time and place for it. Will it be free standing or will the ends be against walls? Depending on if you want to go light or dark, you could do some testing on the ends if they won’t be seen, From the appearance of the grain it’ll be a difficult piece to stain/finish to an even consistent color overall. If it was mine, I’d use dye's that you mix with water to even out the overall color, then a gel stain and then a polyurethane finish. But, if you’ve never really done the work, it does take patience and willingness to work through a several step process.

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#2 posted 12-19-2016 05:55 PM

I agree with ChefHDAN about painting wood, but those photos make it look pretty much unsalvageable any other way.

Milk paint is trendy these days. It gives you an ultra-matte finish that looks very natural.

-- No matter how much you push the envelope, it'll still be stationery.

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pgottschling

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#3 posted 12-19-2016 11:10 PM

yea, we definitively were hoping to not have to but it doesn’t seem that we have a choice if it want it to have a consistent finish. one of the sides is up against a wall so I was going to test put a couple coats and primer and paint to fully cover any differences in the current finish.

Rich- do you think milk paint would be ok in a bathroom as long as it was sealed? I’ve heard to go with paint with more of a sheen since it’s in the bathroom

Thanks

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#4 posted 12-19-2016 11:26 PM

I’m not an expert on milk paint, but a quick search did turn up mention of sealing it because of its tendency to develop water spots. I just tossed it out there since it’s popular lately. It might not be the best choice for your situation.

-- No matter how much you push the envelope, it'll still be stationery.

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