Furniture Upcycling in IrelandAdam Bermingham, Traditional Painter in Ireland covers many aspects of the furniture business – hand painting pieces for clients, restoration, refinishing, and sales.
Let’s take a look at a few recent contracts to discover how I go about Furniture Upcycling in Ireland…
Upcycled furniture comes in three’s
Recently I had 3 pieces in the workshop: two for local clients and one piece I found at an indoor market, to put up for sale on my website.
Hand Painted Kitchen Dresser
The first piece was a pine kitchen dresser for a client in Strokestown. When I unloaded it from the van & into the workshop it looked like this…
Now some people may like it as it is, but to me, and the client, it was tired, outdated & in need of modernizing. Rather than throw it out & get a new one, the client called me in to hand paint & refinish it… that’s Furniture Upcycling.
The process of hand painting a piece of furniture, or a kitchen, always starts the same way. First is to clean all the surfaces with * Krud Kutter. Then I sand the entire piece, and for varnished pine like this, I used 120 grit paper.
Next up, a coat Zinsser B-I-N shellac based primer. It dries fast, so work fast. On the plus side, it seals the surface & adheres very well.
Next up, a coat of Tikkurila Furniture Feelings Primer, tinted to the same colour as the top-coats. In this case Holman Specialist Paints equivalent of “Tallow.”
Sanding in between coats I then apply 2 coats Tikkurila Furniture Feelings. To apply this I used a variety of equipment including Corona Knight, one of my “go-to” brushes, * Axus Grey Pointed Sash Brushes & * Axus Decor Wood Finishing Sleeves.
With all the doors & drawers replaced & the glass cleaned the client had a fantastic, new piece of furniture delivered back to them a week later. A piece that would cost many times my fee & many times the value of the original piece…
Upcycling a Lacquered Pine Dining Table
The second item, a pine dining table in Roscommon Town, had nothing wrong with it. It was well made but showing signs of age. A number of dents & scratches on the top & 2 of the legs, closest to a patio door, were badly sun damaged…
A simple, cost effective process. Again, the whole piece was cleaned before sanding with 120 grit paper. For the top I used a Bosch GEX with dust extraction…
Then, concentrating on the top, every hole, scratch, dent & knot is filled.
For a dining table you want an ultra smooth finish, without a blemish. The surface is then sanded again before a coat of sanding sealer is applied.
This product does a number of things; seals the knots, prevents bleed, accentuates the grain & leaves a hard surface for fine sanding, producing an ultra smooth finish.
It comes in gloss, semi-gloss & semi-matt, and for this table I opted for the semi-gloss.
I applied 3 coats of lacquer using a 6 inch foam roller, laying off with Purdy Syntox, a peerless brush in translucent coatings.
A new dining table for a fraction of the cost…
Furniture Upcycling for everyone
This last project is an example of something you can all do.
Below is a vintage Singer Sewing Table that I bought in Longford. Part of my business involves stocking my website with interesting & unique pieces of furniture, and to make this happen, I get up early & hit the local markets & boot sales.
Back in my workshop I decide how they would look best & what I can do to add value.
If you are looking for a piece & can’t find the character you are after from a store on the high street, why not do the same!
All I did was sand, fill & then wax the top & clean the metal base…
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