Remember these Thomasville beauties I picked up last summer? I’m finally moving on. I sold the tallboy ‘as-is’ this week and I just wrapped up the long dresser yesterday. You guys would not believe how empty my garage is right now!
So – why did I sell the tallboy above as-is? Honestly, the wood grain was so gorgeous I just couldn’t paint it. I applied some orange oil to cleanup the finish and it looked so good, even with all the wear! Also, tallboys are hard to sell for anything that’s worth all the work….so I let it go. I regretted painting the long one after I started, but I’m pretty happy with it how it turned out. The top had quite a bit more damage on the long one than the tall one, so painting was not totally unjustified.
There’s always this dilemma with beautiful wood in my head: 1) paint or partially paint and make money? or, 2) refinish and get respect, but no money?
A couple of new things I’m doing:
- I’m ditching the Critter sprayer. I know, I know – I’ve preached about the Critter for 2 years now, and if you’re new to spraying, I still highly recommend the gun as a starting point. But I’m done. I’ll keep it around for little things and maybe some priming, but I even started priming with the HVLP yesterday (not for the project I’m blogging today).
- I’m spraying Fine Paints with my HVLP and a 2.2mm needle at about 45 psi. Sheesh, I wish I tried this a long time ago. I actually tried messing with FPOE and my 2.2 needle right after I got my new compressor, but I couldn’t get it to work! It just spattered and I now know that was because I didn’t thin the paint enough. After successfully spraying that green campaign desk in Satin Impervo with my HVLP (1.4mm), I just couldn’t go back to the Critter. It’s painfully slow. AND, I now realize that sags/runs are likely the result of the narrow spray pattern of the Critter. I thinned the heck out of the paint for this project (40%?) and it laid down so beautifully that I didn’t have to rub it out. I probably would’ve rubbed it out if the top didn’t have that ledge around the back and sides (which makes rubbing out impossible) …. so I was thankful that the finish was pretty good right out of the gun!
Drawer fronts were sanded back completely and refinished in GF’s Antique Walnut and HPTC in Gloss (applied by hand since gloss poly is acting up these days).
Thanks for reading!