Wednesday, February 9, 2011

This post was from March 2010

My last post about my hutch was forever ago, but everyone asked about the colors and what technique I used. So I put together a little Tutorial.
The color's I used are a mixture of
Benjamin Moore- Night Train, and
Benjamin Moore- Edgecomb grey.
For the tutorial I found a piece of wood then I just used wood glue to put a piece of trim on there to show how to get the grey in the creases.

Step 1- Prime

This was a natural piece of wood so it needed primer. I used Kilz. I prime about 90% of everything I do. I don't want to take the chance of spending hours and hours on something, just to have something go wrong b/c I skipped priming.
Step 2- Sand
I use a small palm sander with a fine sand paper.
This will remove any brush strokes that you can feel.
Wipe dust off with a damp cloth.

Step 3- Paint
I use a small foam roller to get the smoothest coat.
both colors are Benjamin Moore paint,
mixed until I liked the grey color.

Night Train + edgecomb grey

Step 4- Sand with fine sand paper. Wipe down.
Step 5- Paint 2nd Coat
Step 6- Sand with very fine sand paper (400 g), wipe down

Using the Night Train I just mixed in a drop or 2 of black paint. This is considered a glaze. You can add water to a glaze or you can buy actual glazes. I just used regular paint. You can see the lighter color under the new paint is the paint I used for the 2 coats, thats about how much contrast you'll want.

Step 7- Brush on the grey paint or Glaze.
Make sure you get it in the creases of the moulding. It can be a quick fast coat, and you can cover the whole thing.

Step 8- Wipe Glaze Off
While the glaze is still wet, just use a cloth that is barely damp and start wiping it off.
I found out that if the rag is too wet, it takes too much of the grey off.
Wipe most of it off of the flat areas, just leave the dark in the creases, corners and edges of the piece.

Step 9- Seal with Polyurethane, satin finish
This was the first time I used wipe on Polyurethane and it is the Bomb.Com

Seriously, I loved it. It is my new favorite product to use. It is so easy to use. Just wear gloves and use small rags you can throw away.
I have used other types and they are messy and leave streaks and some bubbles. Not this.
I put 2-3 coats on the hutch, letting it dry 24 hours in between. No sanding in between.
I put an extra coat on the top of the bottom part of the hutch to protect it where things get set on it.
*Do Not Use it on White or Cream painted pieces. It will yellow, or discolor.

The end. I hope this helps! Let me know if anyone try's it out, I would love to see if this was helpful and if your piece turned out.


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