How to skate furniture?

Give a new character to your furniture can be done in a jiffy with the patina. Learn how to perform this technique for low-budget makeover.

Skate furniture can give a new look while spending as little as possible. This technique provides an original look to your wooden furniture. Once weathered, new furniture feature a vintage look and resume their old furniture beauty of youth. All wood furniture can be weathered, but if you want lasting results, it is best not to skate as solid wood furniture. Robust, this type of wood is less susceptible to the attack time and is more resistant to chipping.

Skate furniture, the tools

Easy to achieve, the patina of the furniture does not require much expense. To do this, you will only need brushes of different sizes, steel wool, sandpaper, an undercoat, a special product stripping and elbow grease. Then please have a brass brush to treat hard to reach surfaces such as corners. The type of paint will depend on the final result you want. In general, the most popular is acrylic, however this does not preclude the use of an oil painting or paint casein.

Skate furniture, surface preparation

Before starting the patina, the preparation of the furniture is indispensable. It is to equalize the surface to promote adhesion of the paint and patina. Start by stripping the cabinet by putting the bare wood. Attack the wood finish with chemical stripper before making a finish with a fine abrasive. If the surface has imperfections to skate, you can correct them by plugging the holes with wood putty special. After drying, leveling the surface again in the sanding. For unfinished wood, stripping is not necessary, instead you can simply clean the surface with water and soap.

A cabinet skate, the underlayer and finishing

Once the surface is smooth and thoroughly dusted, you must go through an application of the underlayment. Be sure to cover the entire surface to facilitate subsequent membership of the patina. Approximately 4-5 hours of drying are then required after paint coating. Sanding with steel wool removing traces of brush strokes. Remove sanding residue with a clean dry cloth. Apply one to two layers of acrylic paint according to the desired effect. Perform a new sanding with an abrasive grain finish. This last step brings out the wood grain.

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