Gene joins us for #FinishFriday today to teach us how to use Lacquer! You can use lacquer on ceramic tile, furniture, glass, and more. Gene gives so many great tips in this video so be sure to watch below.
Step 1 If You Are Lacquering An Existing Finish: Clean Slate
Use our Clean Slate to clean your piece and avoid bubbles!
Step 2: Prime Your Piece
Use our Furniture Lacquer Primer to seal the wood and prep your piece. This is a key step and will save you from having to use too many coats of Lacquer. Make sure to shake for 30 seconds to a minute! As you spray the primer, make sure that you spray in passes to avoid overspray. Let the primer dry 20 to 30 minutes.
Step 3: Sand
After your primer dries (the longer the better!) sand your piece. Gene recommends 320 or 400 grit sandpaper. Be sure to sand with the grain.
Step 4: Time For Lacquer
Make sure to shake up your lacquer. Keep the can 6 to 8 inches from your piece. Start by spraying closest to you and overlap your passes. Remember this is not about speed, take your time! Let it dry, we recommend an hour to two hours of drying. We used Orchid Lacquer today!
Step 5: Lightly Sand
The longer you let your piece dry before sanding the better! Use 320 or 400 grit sandpaper and sand before your next coat of lacquer. After sanding, wipe your surface with a lint-free cloth.
Step 6: Apply Your Next Coat Of Lacquer
After sanding, go ahead and apply your second coat of lacquer. Repeat this process of a coating and sanding. You want to do as many coats as you need to get coverage. Two to three coats max. You do not want to sand your final coat. However, if you want a high gloss finish...
With the use of just One-Step Paint from Amy Howard at Home, you can successfully refinish virtually and piece of furniture and decor with ease.
You don’t have to stop there, however...
At Amy Howard Home, we invite you to go even further by creating a variety of finishes using different types of customized waxes which you can use to enhance your pieces with one of our most popular One Step Paint color - Black.
In this tutorial, you'll learn five ways that waxes can help you add magic to pieces painted in Black - One-Step Paint.
Your paint may appear grainy as you are mixing it. You can mix your paint the night before you are scheduled to use it to allow all the grains more time to dissolve.
Don’t try to make it thicker like you’re working with the One-Step Paint.
Step 3: Apply Your Milk Paint
Milk Paint settles. Stir your paint adequately before using it to guarantee good pigmentation. Agitate your paint with your brush as you go along.
Paint in long, clean strokes across the surface of your piece. It might look like you’re not getting coverage because your paint is thin but it will become more opaque as it dries. Milk Paint dries the color that it is in powder form.
Staining furniture and various other pieces does not have to be a complicated nor an unpleasant experience.
You can easily enjoy the process of restoring old wood while adding beauty to various surfaces - from wooden serve ware to a chest of drawers - with the help of Amy Howard at Home Gel Stains and Mind Your Own Beeswax.
This tutorial will guide you through a way of making any wooden piece look like new again while also giving it an added layer of protection.
Step 1: Choose a Color
There are several options of pigmented Gel Stains you can choose from...
Use tape to divide your surface into four sections. You will use three sections to test different types of waxes. One section will feature just the base paint.
Step 2: Prepare Your Plate and Applicators
A Chinet paper plate is recommended for mixing your waxes in. It offers some amount of absorption that will help in loading and offloading your applicators. Avoid mixing your waxes in a coated paper plate or a ceramic plate.
You can apply your custom waxes using a lint-free rag or a natural bristle chip brush. Avoid using synthetic brushes. Afterward, you can clean wax off of your brushes using Clean Slate or paint thinner. Do not use soap and water.
You can apply this wax with a lint-free rag and brush over it to create a striated look.
Step 4: Section 2 - Wax with One-Step Paint
Mix two parts Mind Your Own Beeswax and one part One-Step Paint in Black. You can use a lint-free rag, a brush, or both, to apply this wax. If it goes on too dark, you can use a 4/0 steel wool to thin it out.
This black wax is great for pieces with fluting and other types of trim. Note that you cannot use other types of paint - specifically, acrylic paint - in creating colored waxes.
Step 5: Section 3 - Use Cerusing Wax
The Amy Howard at Home Cerusing Wax is a white wax that can both be a glaze and a protectant.
Squeeze a small amount of Cerusing Wax on your surface. You can spread it over and coat your surface using a brush or a lint-free rag. The result will be a subtle and soft finish.
It is important to reiterate that a wax is the last thing that you’re going to apply onto any piece you’re working on.
If you love restoring antiques, knowing which waxes and how much of them to use will come in handy. When restoring a vase, for instance, you can apply a black wax into its crevices to create better detail.
If you’re rescuing a drawer, avoid using too much wax by feathering it in from the edges instead of applying more.
With practice, you can achieve a beautiful and authentic look for every restoration project you embark on.
Start making your custom waxes now with these products from Amy Howard at Home:
Rescuing and restoring various furniture pieces can be a very rewarding experience for anyone!
You should, however, know exactly what type of products have to be used in order to achieve the most ideal results in every project you embark on.
In this tutorial, we focus on the differences between the Amy Howard at Home selections of Toscana Milk Paint and chalk-based paint - when they should and shouldn’t be applied, what finishes can be achieved, and what things make Amy Howard at Home refinishing products better than most.
The Difference Between Milk Paint & Chalk Based Paint
When you purchase a can of One-Step Paint from Amy Howard at Home, you’ll find the product ready to use as it is.
One-Step Paint can be applied on practically any surface - plastic, glass, resin, and even fabric.
The Toscana Milk Paint products, on the other hand, are in powder form. Milk Paint is made from casein, which is a milk-based product.
Once you prepare your Toscana Milk Paint from Amy Howard at Home and mix it with water, you can expect a shelf life of 1-2 weeks. Left un-mixed, Milk Paint can last for years in its powdered form.
Ideal Usage For Milk Paint & Chalk Based Paint
Due to its great adhesive quality, One-Step Paint can provide great coverage over various surfaces. You can, for instance, use it to restore an old drawer and make it look like new.
If you want to mimic the look of a worn, antique chair, instead, a layered Milk Paint finish will do the job right. You can also use milk paint with Antiquing Glaze and Cracked Gesso for even better results.
Amy Howard At Home Toscana Milk Paint
Note, though, that not all milk paints are made equal. Milk paint options from Amy Howard at Home are superior in both beauty and quality.
All pigments used for each and every pack of Toscana Milk Paint are shipped from natural quarries in Provence.
Every Toscana Milk Paint color has great depth and is naturally beautiful; whereas, other offerings in the market might only be synthetic.
Knowledge truly is the key to succeeding with any endeavor.
Successfully rescue and restore furniture throughout your home by choosing the right paint for the ideal finish.
If you want to try creating beautiful milk paint or chalk-based paint projects, try doing so with the following products: