|Forum topic by Charlie||posted 596 days ago||1576 views||0 times favorited||6 replies|
596 days ago
My wife wanted a whitewashed pine tongue and groove for the backsplash in our new kitchen remodel. I was struggling a little with how to get exactly the level of opacity she had in mind and how to finish the boards. Here’s where I’m at:
Mixing BIN + Shellac + denatured alcohol in equal parts, applied very fast (no going back to touch up, just slap it on completely with a big brush). Any areas that DO show a brush overlap can be blended out perfectly just by rubbing it with a rag dampened in alcohol.
This yields a very consistent opacity. The look is exactly what she had in mind.
Now start application of straight shellac. 2 coats thinned 50/50, then 2 coats (maybe 3) of straight 2# cut. VERY light sanding to remove nibs if needed. (I didn’t do this on the test piece as it dried so fast, nothing stuck to it…. even the fly that landed on it almost as soon as I got done!)
So…. shallac finish as a backsplash…. It will certainly get an occasional splash, but it will never stay wet. We don’t leave water on stuff like that. When you clean up, you wipe stuff down.
So…. thoughts? I really don’t want to poly this. I like the repairability of the shellac finish. I have some slight concern over it’s long term durability, but again, we dry stuff off, not leave it spattered with water.