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Forum topic by Aquariophile posted 12-08-2019 03:35 PM 352 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Aquariophile

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12-08-2019 03:35 PM

Hello,
I’m starting another project, this time an antique credenza. The gentleman I bought it from (online, local vendor) told me his mother purchased it new in the early 1950’s. Said it’s made of solid cherry. Fine. I would like to refinish it one day, but right now I want to paint it to match our new living room decor.

My question is this: If you look at the photos, you will see decorative lines engraved into the doors and drawers. They are about 1/4” wide and 1/8” deep. I want to fill those lines and smooth for this project. But I am not sure which product to use to fill, as I will probably want to refinish the piece one day, which means I will need to be able to dig that product back out of those grooves without destroying them with my hackwork amateur sanding/gouging techniques…

What would be the best way to go about this? Product choices? I have basic wood fillers on hand, and also a few types of plaster for walls, i.e. Venetian stucco. I also have Plaster of Paris on hand. Would Plaster of Paris work? Or would it dry up and crumble? Please keep in mind I will be putting about 4-5 light, random layers of chalk paint on top, and sanding it back, in order to get a distressed look to the wood. Then I will apply a couple of coats of white wax to protect.

Thanks!

-- Two roads diverged in a wood and I - I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference.


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Aquariophile

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#1 posted 12-08-2019 03:39 PM

Side note, I will NOT be filling in those fancy emblems :)
TIA

-- Two roads diverged in a wood and I - I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference.

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#2 posted 12-08-2019 04:08 PM

I might try drywall compound. It can be dissolved with water and leaves a paintable finish. To be sure the compound doesn’t wick into the wood, you might want to first seal the grooves with shellac. Doesn’t look like a high value antique, so what have you got to lose?

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#3 posted 12-08-2019 04:22 PM

Thanks! I only paid $150 for it. It’s not high value, but it’s solid and will stand up to some use. I intend to put it below a big screen TV screen that’s on the wall, and use it to hold all the stuff and crap that messes up a living room ;) games, DVD’s, ten million remote controls, that sort of thing. I also keep fish tanks, which means I can keep a lot of the products, fish food, extra pumps, etc. in it. Handy, and much better quality than the melamine crap they are selling now as “furniture” :/

-- Two roads diverged in a wood and I - I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference.

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#4 posted 12-08-2019 07:07 PM

I’m a little unorthodox when it comes to stuff like this.
I would break out a can of Lightweight Bondo and fill it.

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-- I am a painter. That's what I do. I paint things --

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#5 posted 12-08-2019 07:48 PM

The easest and easest to remove would to use say some 1/8 door skins cut to fit lightly sand the surface and then glue down with hid glue that’s totally reversible with heat.

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#6 posted 12-08-2019 07:54 PM

Just paint it. Nothing wrong with the lines. Put some glaze in them to accent it.

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