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07-22-2002, 02:46 PM
I have 2 chairs I fished out of the trash last year. They are in great shape and onlyneed some glue and some paint. I've decided on a base color paint for them, however, I've been racking my brain as to what type of paint to use for the decorative part. Is there a special kind -- I'm sure there is. And if so, where do I get it, craft? Art? Store.
07-22-2002, 03:27 PM
acrylic paint is what most decorative painters use...finish with several coats of polyurethane.
and be sure to post here when done!
07-22-2002, 03:30 PM
Do you mean regular Acrylic paint. The one you use on canvas?
07-22-2002, 10:25 PM
I just refinished my sister's cocktail table in a faux marble effect. First we sanded the table down then I painted 2 coats of primer (Kilz brand non-yellowing). Priming is such an important part! I sanded the primer down with a fine grit sand paper then painted the basecoat with Benjamin Moore latex paint (eggshell finish). One quart was plenty. It took me 4 coats of paint to basecoat the cocktail table so that it had perfect coverage (sanding with a steel wool pad in between each coat). I then did the faux marble effect on it and now my sister will have to varnish it with a water based varnish (at least 3 good coats with light sanding in between).
It's more economical to use household latex paint especially if it's a good quality paint for the basecoating.
Hope this info helps. Have lotsa fun!
07-23-2002, 09:16 AM
Thanks Arletta. I do have the regular old latex paint for the chair. It is a very nice pale moss green (not as bad as it sounds LOL). It will probably take me forever to decide on the design I want to use. I plan to only paint on the top back of the chair, I'm not too brave yet.
07-24-2002, 09:10 PM
I've painted a ew chairs for clients and they wee florals..usually on the back rails...yes I also use bottled acrylic on furniture..however on murals i tend to use tubes
07-25-2002, 10:18 AM
Thanks for your advice artchic. I'm thinking on the line of flowers too.
07-25-2002, 03:35 PM
you can use a tack cloth to takeaway any dust left over from the sanding.
me and the wife have used emulsion paint for our base colours and used acrylic paint for painting, and we've used a polyurethene varnish. Use a exterior varnish for outdoor furniture.
07-26-2002, 02:54 PM
Thanks for all the great advice. I ordered a video and brought a book on Dec painting. There is a lot I need to know before I start on my chair.
07-28-2002, 08:18 AM
How are your chairs coming?....If your used to blending your colors.....take a look at Priscilla Hauser's work..she' great but if you want to do stroke work..take a look at Donna Dewberry..there are many different techniques...choose the one you like best and GO FOR IT..I personally like to mix techniques...sometimes I blend and sometimes I 'float" my color..its according tro the effect I want...so good luck and keep us posted
From the Shore,
07-29-2002, 09:30 AM
I haven't started yet. :D
I have to practice. I ordered the Dewberry video series. I'd like to do them on OS, so I need to practice. Don't think it will be difficult, but I'd like to make sure I don't goof it up.
Oh you guys will be kept abrest of my progress.
I think I might have seen Hauser's work before. But I'll look again. I've been surfing around for info on Decotrative/Tole painting.
07-31-2002, 07:28 AM
If you pick up this months "Paintworks" magazine, Priscilla has a column in it..she answers questions re painting...she also has a number of books out there.....Once you get startedyou'll enjoy it and develop your own style.......I tend to make my paintings less realistic than I used to..I've decided that i'm better at a 'painterly" look except when I'm painting a muural..then it calls for realism........GOOD LUCK....
From the Shore,
07-31-2002, 07:33 AM
IMO, you can't beat Priscilla Hauser for decorative painting instruction and demos ... she's been at it for a long time, and has kept up with new paints and new technology, so her books will be very current information.
07-31-2002, 08:32 AM
Thank you artchic & Justjo for your advise. I'll look for her and hopefully I can find that magazine.
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