Monday, September 5, 2011

Hardest Piece Ever!!

This piece, by far, has been the hardest piece I have ever done. It was brought to me by the same sweet couple who bought the cottage style chest & the beautiful bed. This piece actually came before the bed but was such a challenge, took me the longest. This was to be the husband's chest. It is so thick & chunky, it seems manly to me!



They wanted it painted Old White to match the other pieces, easy, right? Wrong!!! I put the first coat of Old White on & it turned pink!


So I thought, this paint covers anything, no problem, right?  WRONG!!!  This paint doesn't cover anything!  I put 3 coats on & I still had this pink everywhere!  I contacted Annie Sloan & of course she was out of town so while I waited I thought, why don't I cover it with Graphite & then paint it Old White.   Great idea, I tell myself!


So after 2 coats of Graphite, I lightly brush on Old White & guess what happened.  Yep, it turned pink!! Again!!!  What the...Luckily I only put 2 coats of Graphite on this one side.  So I wait, on pins & needles  patiently for Annie to get back & respond to my email.  Luckily she did, told me to use knotting on it.  What!?  Have you ever googled the word knotting!?  Anyhoo, after a few emails back & forth & a couple trips to Home Depot, Ace & Lowes, I finally found something that would work.  Shellac!  3 coats of it!  Of course I had to sand off most of the paint I had already put on it but it was worth it.  Now I know what to do if I ever have bleed through.  
So here is the after that only took me 4 weeks to get done.  






Here are his & her pieces side by side, doesn't it remind you of the chairs in Up?  One is so feminine & the other is so manly.



The colors really do match, don't know why they look so off in this picture.

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19 comments:

  1. Ha! I have so been there. I once painted something 6 times trying to stop the tannin bleed through. By any chance did you prime with an oil based primer?? I use kilz oil based primer now on anything I think will bleed or basically anything I'm painting white or any shade of white. Does a great job for me stopping the tannin bleed. Nice pieces!

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  2. Never had this issue, but did have a piece that never cured. It is still tacky.

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  3. I mean my piece is still "tacky" as in sticky. Not that yours is tacky. Yours is cute! Ha!

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  4. i had that happen to me as well with her paints. i find that if you just rub some strong stain blocking primer over the areas of bleed then out the paint on again it's fine. that might save you some grief next time! :)

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  5. It turned out really well!! That darn mahogany wood can really bleed. I have found that oil based primer works really well...I've never had to use more than 2 coats to get the bleed to stop. It's a learning process for sure!!

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  6. I love the chalk paint but the ONLY thing that will cover the pink look is the Zinnsser BIN primer. I use it on everything thats going to be white or a light color. I spray so it usually takes 2 good coats. You can also use it as a final white color as well! Both pieces look great by the way!
    Nancy

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  7. turned out gorgeous! That darn beautiful Mahogany wood always leaves me seeing pink too. Some pieces I've learned to go with it, and others require a bit more work! So worth it though! Good job.

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  8. WOW! I would have just sat down and cried! I have never heard of that happening with the chalk paint . . . makes you wonder if it was some really odd varnish or something they used on the original piece. Sure turned out beautiful though -- great job and perseverance!

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  9. Thanks, ladies for all of the nice comments. Trust me about the Shellac, this stain couldn't be covered with any primer, it had to be sealed & this worked like a charm! I may use it on every mahogany piece I am going to do in a light color. :)

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  10. Interesting tip...I had never heard of sealing with shellac. After all of your hard work, this piece turned out great. I'm so glad you linked to my party. It's fun to discover new (to me) blogs!

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  11. Very nice how it turned out. :)
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  12. I had the same problem with bleed through on my china hutch so I had to do some spot priming, it didn't bleed everywhere. Good tip with the shellac, thank you. I love your his and hers dressers, they are adorable!

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  13. I am working on a piece right now that kept bleeding through. I finally got enough coats on it to stop it, but I have to say....I am NOT a fan of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. I am not a furniture refinisher, just a DIY'er but it just adds unnecessary steps to me....paint, clear wax, dark wax....I don't think I will ever use it again....my old way worked beautifully but I got caught up in the hype! lol

    Your piece is stunning though!! Great job!

    Lou Cinda :)

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  14. Cherry wood? I did the same thing with Grandma's hutch. 8 coats of paint later, I said forget it. It's going next to a pink curtain anyway so is going to reflect the color!

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  15. I have found if you avaoid sanding and just paint that you may not run into this issue. I have experienced it so feel your pain. Good news is...it looks so great. Thx for sharing at Market Monday.

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  16. It was worth it! What a beautiful piece!

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  17. 3 coats of Old White and 2 coats of Graphite and it still turned pink?? I would've lost patience with that process 3 coats of paint ago... :-) I haven't tried the ASCP so I have no wisdom to share... I guess I am too "old-school". I just don't think I could bring myself to paint a chest like that without sanding and priming first... It turned out beautifully in the end - you are one patient woman! :)

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  18. All of your hard work definately paid off! This dresser turned out absolutely gorgeous! I featured you on my blog today!

    http://craptastickatie.blogspot.com/2011/09/five-feature-friday-9.html

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