Formal Living Room Decorating Ideas
Preparing surfaces for decorative finishes
The worn-out surface of this little cupboard may be the result of age, or it may have been decorated to imitate this state. In either case the effect is very appealing; but should such a piece require repainting or a new decorative effect, the old paint would need to be thoroughly removed and the surface rubbed down and washed.
Make sure the surface you are to paint has been properly prepared beforehand, otherwise the effort of painting will be wasted. Unless you require a rough, unsanded surface with some of the imperfections that build up with the passage of time, a professional, smooth-looking finish is well worth the effort of good preparation.
Preparing and priming wood
For both wood and metal furniture it is important to remove all old paint and any varnish. Wearing rubber gloves, apply liquid or gel paint stripper with an old paintbrush, following the manufacturer’s instructions. When the layers of paint begin to soften and bubble up, you can use a scraper to remove them from the surface — but take care not to scratch or gouge the surface of the wood. Stubborn areas can be rubbed with steel wool. Wash the surface down with either water or white spirit, depending on what type of stripper you have used.
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It is possible to go to a professional wood-stripping company to have the item dipped in a caustic solution. It is not a bad idea to use this kind of service where appropriate for example, to treat a large piece of furniture or an item with many layers of old paint, as apart from the convenience, the fumes from the caustic solutions used in the stripping process can be overpowering.
Caustic solutions often leave the wood surface discoloured and slightly raised and rough, although a fine-grade sandpaper will restore the surface after several rubbings over. Either use sandpaper directly on the surface, applying pressure with your fingertips, or wrap it around a block. For simple curved mouldings, wrap it around a length of dowel. Before applying a finish, any knots in the surface should first be sealed, as they produce resin and can cause discolouring of the t ished paint surfaces. Apply one or two co of knotting sealant over any knots, accord to the manufacturer’s instructions. If t surface needs some filling before applyin finish, lightly sand and apply a propriet wood filler to match the grain of the woe When dry, rub it down again until smooi
Once the surface has been prepared ii not always necessary to prime it. Some t ishes first require a layer of shellac and shoi not be primed. However, if you are going paint it then it will need priming. This t be done using an oil-based wood prim which traditionally comes in pink or wk Dilute the primer by using three parts prin to one part white spirit. Then, with a v. brush, apply it liberally over the surface. 1 next step is to apply undercoat using a clt brush. The surface is then ready for paintu