I am just finishing a Cherry classic reproduction Queen Anne Highboy.
3 years in the making and over 200 hours of hand carving for the
drawer fronts, crest, etc. All the wwod is from one lovely tree that
was planted by my great grandfather on the family farm. I am wondering
when I paint it all red if I should use interior latex or enamel?
Also, should I use a stippling roller or maybe a foam one for for a
Q-Tips. I started using them to paint plastic models when I was a
kid. They fit into those little Testor's paint bottles, come in
packages of hundreds and they're cheap! It certainly takes a lot of
the pressure off of your woodworking knowing that the paint job will
be furry. Think of it as instant antiquing.
I suggest 100% lead paint. Be sure to work it into all the crevices of the
carvings to soften those damn crisp edges that carving tools always seem to
leave. What is up with those crisp edges, anyway??? Someone could put an
3 coats of marine varnish on top of that to seal the lead in. Use the
stippling roller for the last coat for a distressed look.
Painted cherry is so 20th century. The future is peel & stick vinyl.
The cherry takes the vinyl so well you can use almost any style! Of
course you'll need to belt sand all that carving off first.
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