Hello again people! I’m back to tell you all about the buffet redo I completed this week. This was a custom order for a client, she had painted it herself and was unhappy with how it came out, after working on it I think the problem was with the paint as I had a nightmare job getting that stuff off!
I started as I usually do with using paint stripper on the top of the piece as she wanted this stained, after the first lot of paint stripper dried too quickly in the cold garage I bought it into the house and tried again, have I mentioned how I’m sooo done with this crappy cold weather?! When the top was stripped and sanded I gave it a coat of wood conditioner and two coats of Rustoleum wood stain in Ebony, it came out lovely, super smooth and kept all the character of the wood grain, I loved it.
My love for this dresser didn’t last long though (sorry Tiffany!) 🙁 this thing proved to be a royal pain in the butt, there were three coats of paint to remove with just one coming off (mostly) each time I used the paint stripper, and the last coat of paint did something weird and turned to tiny little balls of gluey gunk! I wanted to avoid sanding if I could because of all the little edges in the doors and on the bottom trim but I still had to sand anyway, and all that did was move and spread the gluey gunk around 🙄 lol when it was finally ready I applied two coats of my go to primer….and got stain bleed, see I told you it was a pain!
For those of you not familiar with stain bleed, it’s when the yellow or sometimes pink pigment from the original stain bleeds through your paint, it wasn’t particularly noticeable on the first coat but as you can see in the picture above, the second coat looked awful. Now, I’m loath to admit this but even experts, and I use that term loosely, make mistakes and I have to admit that this isn’t the first time I’ve made the mistake of hoping that another coat will fix it, I knew it wouldn’t but it had been a grotty day and I was getting sick so I think I was just running on hope at this point. And, as expected, the next morning the yellow was still there, time for different measures! I made a quick dash to Home Depot and picked up some Shellac Clear sealer, it’s in a can so two thin coats on the parts to be painted and it works a treat, should’ve done that at the beginning lol feeling relieved I finished up the main part of the dresser, hallelujah! Now for the doors……damn those doors!
As the doors were sealed and ready to go I thought it would be straight shot to the finish at this point, oh how wrong I was😩 the gluey paint residue I mentioned earlier hasn’t come off the doors properly resulting in a ton of tiny little dots in the paint, not noticeable until after two coats of primer 🙁 so, back to sanding, and trying to find all the little bumps by touch, this was a long and frustrating process, my nails were shot and my hands were sore but I was finally done! Finished painting, sealing, polished the key plate and reattached it and it was good to go.
What d’you all think of the finished project? I know this little beauty taught me a few lessons on being prepared 😉