How to guide; Up-cycling Furniture
As most of you will know, Up-cycling is huge at the moment. People will up-cycle anything! However, they aren't always doing it correctly. We have customers asking us things like:
"Why does the paint keep flaking off?" or "Should I sand the surface first?"
So here is The Paint Spot handy guide to up-cycling a piece of furniture, along with some photos for examples.
1- Preparation; The piece you have decided to up-cycle will need to be prepared for painting. If it has been previously painted or varnished then sanding is imperative. If you do not sand the surface, even slightly, then the paint you have chosen to put on will not stick and eventually peel off or chip. Sanding provides a key on the surface allowing proper adhesion. Once you have sanded, then ensure that all of the dust is removed, again ensuring a perfectly ready surface for the paint.
2- Undercoat; Depending on the paint you are using, an undercoat continues the surface preparation and also surface protection. Using the correct undercoat allows any imperfections in the surface to be blocked out. The undercoat then allows the paint to adhere better to the painted surface.
The other thing to consider is the choice of paint. If you are using an oil based paint be wary of the time it takes to fully dry (this could be up to 24 hours). If you attempt to to apply a second coat of paint and the undercoat isn't dry then the second coat will not stick. Therefore it is important to pay attention to the back of the tin, to see the suggested drying time.
3- Top Coat; Whichever colour and finish you have chosen for the top coat, it is now time to apply it. As previously mentioned, ensure that the undercoat you have used is completely dry. Before applying, take a fine sandpaper and very gently rub over the surface. This again ensures good adhesion. Following this, again remove any dust and you are ready. It is personal preference on whether to use a roller or brush, it may also depend on the surface you are painting. If it is a smooth surface a 4" roller can provide a very smooth finish and no brush strokes. You may need to use a brush for the intricate areas and then a roller for the rest.
4- Varnish/Protective Coat; Depending on what you are using the piece for, will depend if you would like to varnish or not. Using a clear varnish will allow you to keep your colour, be aware that an oil based clear varnish will slightly darken the surface.
5- Other things to think about; Do I have to use oil based paint? In a word - no. Oil based paint is tougher, but you can protect a water based paint with a varnish.
Is there a product that can be used with no undercoat? Yes, Bedec Multi Surface Paint (MSP) requires no primer or undercoat. It is a great product for up-cycling. As long as the surface is prepared correctly, using 2 or 3 coats of MSP will give an excellent finish. Of course, you can then protect if you so desire.
The gallery below, shows a step by step upcycle that we have done here instore. We used Leyland Trade Acrylic Primer Undercoat, The Grey is Leyland Trade Oile Based Eggshell and the Blue Drawer Fronts are Bedec MSP.
Hopefully this has helped...........
If you have more questions or would like to see some pieces that have been done here at the shop, please come and see us, or check out our customer creations section of our website.