Antique Coastal Bedroom Set

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Project by Andy posted 06-26-2014 05:06 AM 1762 views 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is my latest project. The design and finish is a huge departure from my normal work. It isn’t my preferred style but this was what my wife requested for her coastal themed guest bedroom. She wanted something that look weathered and worn and I think I successfully accomplished that.

Now back to something Greene and Greene.

-- Andy

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#1 posted 06-26-2014 10:38 AM

A nice project, I would use this style to renovate an old table I could explain some passages? thanks.

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#2 posted 06-26-2014 03:49 PM

Great job Andy. The finish really looks washed out. And the shell pull is just right. I would say that there’s a new career for you with this finish ! :)



-- Learn from yesterday, work today and enjoy success tomorrow. --

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#3 posted 06-26-2014 04:03 PM

Great job on the project, and the finish too. Care to share your finishing schedule?

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#4 posted 06-26-2014 04:12 PM

Great looking projects. I would also be curious how you finished it to get the desired effect? My wife also likes this weathered/distressed look, but I have not tried it yet.

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#5 posted 06-26-2014 08:19 PM

Andy – Looks great. My wife loves that style.

Those of you that asked how to do a distressed finish, I’m sure Andy will explain his technique but here’s what’s worked for me. I first stain the piece very dark, even black. Then I apply the paint sparingly over the stain, so you can see streaks of the stain through the paint. I like to use a thick, latex paint for this. You can also lay down some Elmer’s white glue before you paint, then immediately apply the paint over the glue. This will give a crackled finish. The thicker you apply the glue, the ‘fatter’ the crackles will be. If you want subtle, fine cracks, apply the glue very thinly. Obviously its wise to practice a little. However you do your finish, you can follow up with some sanding or scuffing to remove a little paint here or there afterwards. It’s actually a very easy finish to pull off.

-- Ron, Montana

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#6 posted 06-26-2014 08:46 PM

Thanks for the compliments.

So I will say upfront that I am not a painter by any means and I am a bit embarrassed to say how I achieved the finish and based on Ron’s response there are probably much better or faster ways to achieve the result.

I achieved these results by applying several coats of paint and then sanding. The desire was to have the look of multiple layers of paint as if the pieces had been painted a couple of time over the years and then worn through due to use. Each of these has one coat of light blue primer, 3 coats of dark blue and approximately 4 coats of white. When all of that was applied I sanded smooth with a palm sander which ultimately caused the weathered look.

I tried using Floetrol and latex paint to get a smooth finish but with the climate here in San Diego but seems that the paint dries so quickly that it wouldn’t flow to a smooth finish. Part of the problem is that I was applying with a brush or roller. If I ever paint another piece of furniture I will have a sprayer.. Ultimately with sanding it came out as smooth as I could ask for but it was painful and time consuming getting there. Next time I would experiment with an oil based paint and a sprayer. If I had a spray gun I imagine I could get a smooth finish with latex but if not I would use oil based paint. The oil based paint should also sand better.

Any input on other methods or painting procedure is always appreciated.

-- Andy

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#7 posted 06-26-2014 11:23 PM

Those look great. Great job

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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