Sunday, February 11, 2018

Secretary in Black Lace

Secretary in Black Lace

These are the before pictures of this project.  Notice the attached embellishments and the damaged veneer on the drawer front. These kind of challenges are what make Textura Paste the best choice for repairs and creating unique textured finishes. It is the most durable and color accepting product on today's market.


I have never been fond of this sunburst designs on furniture, so I was happy to find it  easy to 
pop right off.  This left me with a clean canvass to work with for creating a custom design.

I sanded over the damaged veneer, then I applied a thin coat of Textura Paste to smooth over the uneven surface. I forgot to take a picture, but I also filled in the drawer pull holes, in anticipation 
of using new pulls that may not fit the existing holes.  I almost always do this, just in case.  But if 
I decide to use the existing pulls, it is very easy to re-drill the holes.


We had a broken leg that seemed impossible to repair, so we simply cut off the rounded areas. 
So now you cannot tell there was any damage at all. 

I remove all moving parts.  Tape the screws into their holes with scotch tape.  Mark each hinge so they will go right back where they belong.  Nothing is worse than a mixed  bag of screws and hinges and trying to remember which ones go together.
If you have something that will require paint but will need a part reapplied afterwards, then mark it where the part or hinge will go using a sharpie pen, then cover that up with tape and paint over it.  Once the paint is dry remove the tape to reveal your markings. The markings should be covered with the hinge. 

I place my marked hardware into a sealed envelope so I can find them later. 

Prepping the Surface
For every piece I ever finish, I do not touch it with paint until I have cleaned it with a warm bucket of water and a squirt or two of Dawn dish detergent. I rinse thoroughly with a bucket of water containing one part vinegar and nine parts water. Dry this thoroughly.  If it is a shiny surface I do a quick scuff sand with a sanding block.  Wipe off the dust with a damp cloth. 

If the base will be paint, always use a base coat of bonding paint. Texture Paste does not bond as well on a slick surface.  If you use a bonding primer that tends to be a little slick when it dries, then you will need to paint over that with a matte finish paint or rough up the surface before painting. 

There are many brands of primers and matte finish paints on the market, so use the one you prefer. You may like the matte finish paints with the built in primer. 

We begin this project with a large panel of lace, Wood Icing®  Textura Paste, Offset Knife 
and a trowel.  We first tape off our edges. Leaving only the areas we want our design to cover.

                When I want to cover the curved edges I slice the tape to accommodate the curves.

Lay the lace down on the surface (textured side down).  Spread the Textura Paste over the lace, smoothing over and lightly pressing over the lace.  Do not apply too thick or too thin.  either one will not give good results.

*This takes a little practice, so practice on a sample board first.  Flip the lace over both ways to see which side of the lace renders the best design.

Once you have the lace covered with the Textura Paste, gently lift the lace off while the paste is still wet.  Do not let the lace sit for any time at all with the Textura Paste over the top.  If the paste dries up the slightest bit, it will come up with the lace when you lift it off.

Rinse your lace immediately and hang it to dry. Allow the paste on your project to dry to the touch.

To continue the pattern overlap the lace and adjust the lace so the design is continued in the same manner.  You can see your design through the lace in order to lay it down exactly the same.  Then spread the paste over the remaining area.

Allow this to dry to a hard surface.  It may take overnight or a few hours in a warm dry area, depending on the humidity and how thick or wet your paste is.  You can speed up the process with a warm hair dryer.

This is why I love working with lace.  It will fit into any space.  As opposed to stencils that can sometimes limit where you can apply them.  But I love all the beautiful designs available for raised relief designs with stencils.  You just have to be a little more selective about the space you have to work with.

Here we have painted over our lace design with our Wood Icing Furniture Glaze, Licorice Black.

After the Black Licorice dries, sand the color off the top of the lace pattern.

                                          Dust off the the sand and grit with a damp cloth.

Next we have stained our sanded areas with our Wood Icing Furniture Glaze "Mud Pie". 
Once this was dry, we applied a coat of our Wood Icing Poly-Acrylic Top Coat. 
We used the Satin Finish. 

Finished Project
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More Photos

Inside Desk/ Before 


Finish Close Up