Repainting furniture - confused and help needed

Old 03-15-09, 03:34 PM
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Repainting furniture - confused and help needed


I would like to repaint a buffet (it is currently painted light green) in black using the distressed look (i.e. some wood showing through). I researched what to do to achieve that and I am now confused. Should I use paint or enamel, oil or latex (I prefer the ease of latex), should I apply polyurethane or varnish or glaze (I do not even know what glaze is) over the paint/enamel and if so what kind. Should I prime? etc.. Every article I read seems to propose a different approach...Some help and simple guidance would be appreciated.


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Purely a personal observation, but I would have you flogged, then drawn and quartered for painting a perfectly good piece of furniture wood. That said, what you put over the old depends on what it is. Some finishes do not react well to a new finish, they krinkle up and say, NAY. Try whatever you have in mind in a hidden spot on the piece. If all seems well do the rest. Poly or glaze is usually not needed with paint, it is its' own sealer.

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