Happy Monday! This was the first piece I redid in my new studio so I thought it would be nice to make this today’s #MondayMakeoversWithFallon blog post. This was a custom piece for a sweet family that was moving. They purchased it from our local Habitat for Humanity Restore and had me refinish it for them to go in their new home. See the process below.
THE PREP PROCESS:
I removed the drawers, took off the knobs (placed them in a Ziplock bag)
This piece needed to be cleaned really well, so I spent at least three hours one day cleaning and prepping it. I scrubbed it down with a 3M sponge and TSP (twice) before I started to sand it. It had some wax and dirt build-up on it from the original finish and years of use, so I wanted to make sure it was all off before I started sanding it.
After it was dry, I sanded the piece really well. It had a lot of scratches on it, so I used 150 grit sandpaper on my orbital sander and then I followed up with 220 grit to smooth it out a little bit.
I then vacuumed off all of the sanding dust, inside and out.
Once the prep process was complete, I waited 24 hours to make sure the chemical products I used had ample time to dry.
THE PAINTING PROCESS:
I primed the whole piece with white-tinted Shellac to prevent any potential bleed through.
Once the Shellac was dry, I lightly hand sanded the piece with 220 grit sandpaper to smooth out the primer, dusted the piece off and a ran a tack cloth across it to make sure the piece was nice and smooth.
I waited approximately 24 hours and then distressed all of the edges with 220 grit sandpaper.
I vacuumed the sanding dust.
I applied 3 coats of General Finishes High Performance Top Coat in Flat with my Zibra Chisled Wedge.
The background of the piece was painted with a custom mix of General Finishes paint colors to match Wythe Blue from Benjamin Moore. I honestly do not know the formula I used to get the color, I was working hard and in-the-moment, so I didn’t write down the formula. I just mixed-and-mixed until it matched the sample/swatch that my client gave me. However, if you want a color that is similar without having to mix a bunch of colors together, General Finishes Persian Blue is a nice option.
Once everything was nice and dry, I put everything back together and added new oil-rubbed bronze knobs and pulls from Lowes.
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