Latest Discussions : Painting


04:21PM | 01/26/12
Member Since: 12/20/10
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I painted a dresser with a base coat of Zinser and then 4 thin layer of Valspar semi gloss white. It's cured over two weeks now and it still chips so easily that it's clear that this is going to be a constant pain in my rear to keep it looking nice in a kid's room. I went to the local box home improvement store and asked their paint "expert" there what poly coat to use and how to get a smooth, hard finish on it and it became abundantly clear he knew even less than me.

We're getting ready to paint her newly built loft bed but I don't want to deal with the same issue. How does one get the hard paint finish that you find on furniture that you buy?


08:14PM | 01/28/12
Member Since: 11/25/11
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Hm, that's very interesting. Do you have a picture?


12:48AM | 01/30/12
Member Since: 12/20/10
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Of the bed or the dresser? The bed is from these plans but I don't have pictures yet


11:42AM | 06/14/12
Member Since: 04/24/12
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I love painting old furniture as well. Not only because I can customize it the way I want, but also because it puts your imagination at work. I recently bought some items from Broyhill Attic Heirlooms collection and I am trying to integrate them with my old cupboard painted by me and I have to say the result will be amazing. Put your imagination at work for the house of your dreams.


11:34PM | 06/19/12
Member Since: 05/06/12
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Are you sure your problem is not the type of paint your using?


11:27PM | 06/25/12
Member Since: 12/20/10
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I ended up getting an enamel paint that worked great.


01:41PM | 08/19/12
Member Since: 04/24/12
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I recently did my old bed. I painted it and fixed some chopped material by putting some old wood instead. In the mean time I've found a really good site from where I got the inspiration: My next project will be to redecorate the bathroom. I will be back with news. :0


05:19AM | 01/09/13
Member Since: 12/28/12
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Yes. It'd be great if you could share a picture.


05:40AM | 03/05/13
Member Since: 03/05/13
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On future projects you should be sure to lightly sand and clean your piece prior to priming to make sure the primer has a good bite on the wood. On heavily used pieces such as kids furniture or cabinets, besides using the best appropriate paint you might also want to consider a finish coat of polyurethane to further protect the surface. Good luck.


10:46AM | 11/15/13
I know from previous experience, that natural beeswax polish can protect the paint from chipping. As long as you apply at least 3 layers, each time apply the beeswax polish with a soft cloth, carefully, and buffing after each layer is dry. That creates thick enough protective layer (still very clear), to prevent from chipping. That's how I finished my chairs, photo attached.
On other occassion, I have used single layer of wax polish (not beeswax) and as I was in a rush, I applied it with paint brush. Not the same effect, and because it was just a single layer, the paint chipped after few days. Hope that helped :)

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