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Tuesday, January 10, 2012

For Blake

02/09/12 New update "The Table"

 An update on Blakes Project

He finished the table that went along
with the bench that I added earlier to this blog.

I love the colors and I think he did a
great job putting these together.


Son you have a great imagnition...


I will take credit for that...SMILES!!!


Good work..I know these look great
in your space...






An update to Blake's Project:

He finished his 1st one and here are the pictures:


He has been recycling wake boards into benches for his back yard.

If you don't know what wake boards are, you ride them like a skate board behind a boat...like waterskiing, but a little more board under you.
He decided not to distress this one right now, as the weather where he lives will do that for him before long...HOT, HUMID, OCEAN AIR

It really looks good Son!!!!
I look forward to more pictures on what you do with the rest of them 






My son Blake is working on a really cool project for his yard, and he wanted me to show him how I distress...this is hard when we live 9 hrs apart...SADNESS...

OK Blake here goes....SMILE....



I start by painting the wood...with your project, you should probably use a primer..Kilz Latex 2 is a good primer...it comes in spray or brush on...





If you want to spray paint...Krylon makes a Primer and Paint in 1....I really like it...You will want to use at least 2 coats...maybe 3...depends on how you want the coverage...


Krylon Primer/Paint White








 After your paint has dried at least 24 hrs...if you are like me...it maybe longer before you get back to it..that is OK...the longer the better I think....

Then comes the fun part....SANDING....

I start with a course grain...60....50...whatever you like...the courser the more cut into the paint and wood... 

You can sand by hand or a Electric sander...I use both...hand sanding is good for tight areas and small projects..

60 Grit Sandpaper








Try to sand all the areas that would be naturally bumped...rubbed...knocked....etc...the front, sides, ends....and just anywhere you want to get the look you are going for...
You cannot go wrong here....just do whatever looks good to you

Some do this to the EXTREME...I on the other hand....do not like it so distressed...Your project will distress over time being outside...


After I get the piece the way I want...
I then sand with a finer grit sand paper to smooth everything out...I usually use 120 or 220...really depends on what I have in my supplies...you can also use a 0000 steel wool to do this...it really smooths out the wood...

FYI: Buy good sandpaper...even though it is more expensive. You will use twice as much of the cheaper sandpaper...and it is just gonna make you mad; just when you get to sanding good...it tears!!!!
220 Grit Sandpaper



Then I wipe the whole thing down with a scrap rag to get all the dust and trash off before the next step. 

I then start the "OLD LOOK" step.....

You can use glaze, stain, paint (darker color), or dark wax
(I would not suggest wax on items that are going to be outdoors).

On this project I used Valspar Mocha Glaze...I use this ALOT!!!
I use a natural bristle brush and just get it all over the object...

Again this is up to you...if you want the whole thing glazed...cover it all...if you want just the deco areas.....(not sure your project will have any) then just apply to those areas....

Glazing
Then take some old rags, paper towels, dry brush, etc.

whip off the excess glaze, stain or paint....etc...






For more effect you can let dry and then wipe with a damp cloth. Glaze will stay in nooks and crannies....
This is good for pieces with lots of character.
After Glaze




I used a dry brush on this because I wanted most of the glaze to stay all over....and the groves to be full.


It pays to have a wet cloth handy while glazing...you can wipe off where you don't want quickly...

You can also re-apply if you wipe off too much..
Dark Wax



The frame below is done with Dark
Wax and buffed to a shine...



This is probably my favorite look when distressing, but as I mentioned earlier,
I would not use Wax on outdoor items.

 













The final step....

After you have got it all the way you want it to look...then you will want to seal....

I suggest MinWax Polyacrylic for outdoor items..This comes in Satin or Gloss...I would probably use the Satin on your project and a couple coats will do the trick...

I apply with a sponge brush (make sure you do long strokes from edge to edge) or a sponge roller. You don't want to see the start and stop areas...this just takes some getting used to....

Let this dry for 24-48 hrs and your project is ready for the yard...



Son I know you will do good,
I have complete faith in you....
BIG SMILES!!!!

Now you have to send pictures of your completed project for all my readers to see.....

Love you,

MOM







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