So I built a vanity and need help stain/paint to age its look

Thread starter #1

j_seph

Senior Member
I talked with someone and they told me to use a dark stain, let dry then put coat of paint over it. Let that dry then sand. We tried that on a piece of scrap using a dark stain as was told. Well I went to hand sanding with 600 grit and the results were not that great. Hard to even cut a dent into the paint and when you did you ended up with specks of bare wood not the dark stained wood. Any advice would be greatly appreciated, thanks.
 
Try putting on a coat of white Kilz and let it dry then put a coat of dark brown (spray can will work) then apply your final color. Be sure and let each coat dry well, then sand random spots where wear would occur. I've done this many times on woodworking projects and it works very well. I usually apply some kind of clear-coat after sanding to protect the finish.
 
Don't stain it first. Spray one coat and burn through that with an orbital or jitter bug on its edge. Stain the area you burn through and clear it when finished. I use to do it all the time on cabinets but I was using lacquer
 

Cmp1

Swamp Yankee OABA Recipient
I've never painted or stained anything exceot for one thing I built,,,,I leave natural and laq it,,,,
 

QuakerBoy

Senior Member
600 grit is pretty fine paper. I'd start with 220 and see if you can cut it
 

Madman

Senior Member
Don't stain it first. Spray one coat and burn through that with an orbital or jitter bug on its edge. Stain the area you burn through and clear it when finished. I use to do it all the time on cabinets but I was using lacquer
My wife paints the piece then sands some and stains until she gets the effect.
 
Top