Mistakes to Avoid When Skating Furniture

Mistakes to Avoid When Skating Furniture

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Dressing up old furniture yourself is an economical solution that gives free rein to everyone's creativity. With a little skill, the result can be stunning. Skating a piece of furniture allows you to breathe new life into old wooden furniture but also to age a new and soulless piece of furniture. Enough to bring a touch of country chic to the decor of the living room or any other room. Be careful however: some fairly common mistakes are the source of many disappointments.

Mistake # 1: Skating a piece of furniture without preparing the surface

If you want to get a good result, it is essential not to skip the preparation phase of the piece of furniture to skate. Exposing it is imperative because it will unify the support, plug the holes and correct the various imperfections in the wood: an equally essential phase to help the patina adhere. This preparation consists of a careful pickling, first with a specific product and then with an abrasive cloth with very fine grains to obtain a perfectly smooth surface.
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Mistake # 2: Using too thick paint juice

This is a serious error which will result in masking the grain of the wood, the transparency of the juice being insufficient. Skating a piece of furniture with paint juice implies a satisfactory dilution of the material. You can use white spirit or - more environmentally friendly - water to dilute the paint. The ideal proportion is one liter of paint for thirty centilitres of thinner. The material obtained being liquid, it is applied with a flat brush. We must respect the direction of the grain of the wood for a splendid result. After complete drying, linseed oil or varnish must be passed over the entire piece of furniture.
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Error N ° 3: Apply a white lead patina on the cherry tree

White lead can only be applied to wood with open veins such as oak or pine, but especially not on wild cherry. Veneers can also not receive this kind of patina. On the other hand, a cherry wood furniture can be slightly scratched with sandpaper: a method which allows the varnish to be removed without however obtaining a raw wood. It then remains to apply a primer, then one or two coats of finishing paint in the color of your choice. A light shade is very trendy.
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Error N ° 4: Apply a patina on raw wood

This is a common mistake when you only want to shade the color of a wooden piece of furniture: a result that can be obtained by placing a simple liquid wax on raw wood. On the other hand, skating a piece of raw wood furniture involves the installation of two background layers to choose from the wide palette of colors or tones offered by retailers. The old aspect will be given thanks to the glaze for patina to be applied with a brush and then to blend with a cloth before drying. The trendy idea is to skate raw wood kitchen furniture in gray tones to match with metallic buttons and a black lacquered worktop.

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