Painting Wood

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  • #20366
    Ken
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    painting wood, I have just been reading this on Paul’s blog http://paulsellers.com/2012/08/questions-answered-painting-my-projects/

    Ok I can only speak for my self on this, as everyone has the right to finnish projects as they choose, but I hate to see wood painted. If I wanted a painted piece I would build it with plywood and or mdf.

    I cannot bring my self to paint over wood and hide all that beauty, let the wood speak. HaHa Ok I’m done 😉

    Sorry guys, I posted this in the wrong forum.

    #20375
    BarryB
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    I agree Ken, personally I much prefer the look of wood. Unfortunately the house designer (aka my wife) often says otherwise :-~

    New Brunswick, Canada

    #20385
    Jonathan Skipsey
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    Personally I love painted finishes, they are traditional for almost all vernacular and country furniture in Britain and America. For me the physical form of a furniture piece is far more important than wether it has been built up from nicley figured boards. A single colour emphasises the form, this is especially true with stickback type chairs. Did you ever stop to think that the reason some furniture still survives aafter 200 years or more is because it was painted?!

    #20389
    dborn
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    I too love painted pieces of woodwork. I like to use pine for a lot of projects because of the cost, but pine is a boring wood at times. and I am no good at staining wood or at least cannot find a decent go to color to stain pine. What I don’t understand is why, today, people will spend the money on pieces made from cherry or walnut to just paint it. It seems like a waste to me. Oh well….

    Thanks for sharing the link!

    #20806
    Frankie Lee
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    We have a pine kitchen dresser that I clear matt varnished a few years ago. It eventually turned a yellow colour, so I stripped it right back to the bare wood, and gave it a couple of coats of a light oak wax. The wax is the most powerful smelling coatings I have ever put on anything(I’m a painter by trade). I have spent all morning washing down the dresser with paint thinners and steel wool to get rid of the smell. It’s now out in the back yard airing. We got a new oak kitchen put in a few months ago, and I’d like to stain it to match.

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    Ken
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    #20819
    Frankie Lee
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    Thank you Ken, very helpful.

    #20878
    Florian
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    I wouldn’t build to paint, but paint does make some pieces acceptable that were otherwise quite ugly. I recently painted an old ikea cabinet made of pine. I bought it 15 years ago when I was young and didn’t care too much about the appearance. The drawer fronts were made of laminated boards with an incredible amount of huge knots, in other words: firewood. I don’t like to throw functional things away so I painted it like described in Paul’s blog and it’s now a very acceptable piece. I was prepared to throw it away but now I will keep it.

    I enjoy working wood in Germany.

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