Sunday, October 21, 2012

Sideboard Surprise – Shellac

It’s funny how things work out.  Sometimes I pick up things with every intention of selling it.  Then I keep it.  Sometimes I think “hmmm…..I think I’ll keep that.”.  And I sell it.

I picked up this petite sideboard thinking I would keep it because I love the lines and architectural elements.    (Ugg cannot find the real Before pics – I know I took them!  So this is a kinda, sorta “amidst” picture.)  
1020 Crackled sideboard midway
It was the standard walnut finish and in my experience walnut is a real bleeder.  A few months ago, Miss Mustard Seed gave me a tip about about using Shellac before  painting to seal the stain in.  Hmmm…. never knew that!  I always thought of Shellac as a finish.

I sprayed on 1 coat of Shellac and brushed on a coat of paint the next day.   The following morning I went out to check on it and this is what had happened!

1020 Crackled sideboard pulls
It went crackle crazy!    I was NOT expecting that!   I pondered it for a little bit and decided that I loved it. 

The pulls got the usual treatment.  I little spa time in hot water, salt and vinegar to remove the crud.   Then a little of this….

1020 Crackled sideboard
….a “Rub ‘n Buff massage.   I love this stuff because by using my fingers to apply it in random spots I can achieve depth.

1020 Sideboard
Sanded lightly. Waxed for a nice hard finish…and good to the shop that is!   (The Stray Cat in Medway this time.)


Cindy@OldTimePickers said...

That is cool how it crackled on its own. Perfect solution!

De tout, de rien said...

It looks gorgeous, Maureen! The crackle looks very natural.

Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving such a nice comment. I can't believe I don't follow your wonderful blog, but I have remedied that.

Little Susie Home Maker said...

I love surprises like that! Bob Ross called them "Happy Accidents"!

Patty Wiles said...

Oh my goodness! Girl.... what talent you have of bringing these dark and ugly pieces beautiful and refreshing life! I want to thank you for stopping by Creative Ideas, it means alot to get lovely comments and more thatn that...a follower..I thank you! Have a wonderful day and can't wait to see what you do next!

Betsy@My Salvaged Treasures said...

Fabulous paint's so light and cheery now.

Storywood Designs said...

Hi Maureen! I've had this happen on a couple of my pieces and didn't connect that fact that I'd used shellac on them first until JUST NOW! Thanks for helping me make the connection. I love that crackle finish. It looks great on the piece!

Jeannie and Linda said...

I love how it crackled unexpectedly. Any particular brand of spray shellac? What a great tip. It turned out beautiful

Love your blog!

Linda at The French Hens Nest

Maureen said...

Hi Linda,

It was certainly a surprise to me! I believe the brand was Zinsser Bull's Eye. I only tried it the one time but I plan to try it again. I had never used it before and I must say that the finish even before I painted it was beautiful and silky!

Thanks for following.

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