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JohnMcClure

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07-14-2018 01:47 PM

Topic tags/keywords: paint bedroom furniture

I’ll be painting a dresser and bed for my little girl’s room. It’s supposed to feel wonderful like Pottery Barn paint, and NOT be shiny.
Is a satin enamel a good choice? How about a semi-gloss or gloss and sand it down or otherwise reduce the shine?
Some other kind of paint I should use?

And while we’re at it, any other tips or tricks you have to share, feel free!

(PS this will NOT be “distressed” like a lot of PB furniture is)

-- I'd rather be a hammer than a nail


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#1 posted 07-14-2018 03:00 PM

Pottery Barn carries lots and lots of furniture . . .
could you post an example of the finish you want to achieve ?

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#2 posted 07-14-2018 03:43 PM

Great point. Here’s an example:

but the trouble is, pictures don’t capture the feel of this finish. It’s velvety.

-- I'd rather be a hammer than a nail

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#3 posted 07-14-2018 03:46 PM

Milk paint is all the rage these days. Could that be what you’re looking for? You could pick up a half-pint and try it on a test board.

-- Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner

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#4 posted 07-14-2018 03:51 PM

Sherwin Williams Pro Classic Satin. :-)

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#5 posted 07-14-2018 04:32 PM

I recently refinished a built in wall unit and used General Finishes Antique White Milk Paint and top coated with their Flat out Flat, it is smooth and velvety. I was going over red stain so this was my process:

I used a foam roller, whizz velour roller and foam brush for all coats

1. Clean with Scotch Brite pad and 50/50 mix of Alcohol and water
2. Sand 150 grit
3. Two coats of GF Stain blocker Primer sand lightly with Klingspor Ultraflex Sand Pad 220 btw coats
4. Three coats GF Antique white Milk paint sand lightly with Klingspor Ultraflex Sand Pad 220 btw coats
5 Three coats of GF Flat our Flat top coat sand lightly with Klingspor Ultraflex Sand Pad 220 btw coats

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#6 posted 07-14-2018 10:11 PM

Are you spraying or rolling? Conversion varnish is a great durable choice for kids furniture.

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#7 posted 07-15-2018 01:36 AM



Milk paint is all the rage these days. Could that be what you re looking for? You could pick up a half-pint and try it on a test board.

- Rich

I recently used it to create a granite effect on my TS build. Just took a plastic bag and keep going over it real slow. Takes forever to do any large surface. But, looks cool.

LOL

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#8 posted 07-15-2018 06:54 AM

Just finished a project using GF milk paint and topped with GF High Performance. Couldn’t be happier. It went on easily with both a brush and a sponge. Neither one left streaks. I did a very light sanding between coats and pretty much followed the directions on the GF website. The milk paint is not shiny. The HP finish can be gloss/satin/eggshell etc. The paint dries quickly; I sanded and recoated in a couple of hours after drying in the sun. The paint can also be sprayed, but my projects were too small to warrant bringing out the gun.

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#9 posted 07-15-2018 03:19 PM

Great info on here. I assume they make this in colors as well?

I want a similar finish for a few cabinets for my son’s legos. I am going to have a wood top and legs and navy interior and side panels.

The more work I do, the more I realize that finishing wood is the hardest part of furniture building. I am tempted to leave everything unfinished!

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