Hand Painted Dining Table and Chairs in Yorkshire
Lee Simone explains a project involving a hand painted dining table and chairs that he repainted in his Whixley, Yorkshire based workshop.
For this project I was contacted by a lady in Halifax who had inherited this lovely table and chairs which she wanted repaired and updated.She had decided on having the chairs and table base painted and the table top left wood.
A lovely choice of finishes, I thought, and something fellow TP’er Adam Bermingham in Ireland does a lot of, with fabulous results
The painted areas were to be finished in a classic off-white, and the tabletop was going to be restored to its former glory, like the central leaf in this picture.
From initial enquiry…
I received photos of the furniture and sent as accurate an estimate as I could. The client replied, saying she would like me to go ahead with the work. I arranged pick-up using my usual, ‘man with a van‘ and had everything delivered to my workshop in Whixley.
After setting up, it was prep time. Due to the intricate nature of the detailing on the chairs I paid particular attention to ensuring all areas were thoroughly cleaned and sanded. I used * Krudcutter Original as the cleaner/degreaser and 180 grade Abranet strips and the Mirka hand sander for the sanding.
After hoovering up any dust residue after sanding, it was on to the priming stage. I wanted a good high opacity base coat, so turned to the shellac based primer, Zinsser Bin.
Zinsser Bin dries very quickly and to get a perfect finish with a brush is virtually impossible. It is however nice and sand-able so the next stage was to check over each piece and sand any areas that weren’t quite right, making everything perfectly smooth and ready for the next coat of primer.
This initial priming stage also highlighted quite a few areas that needed particular care and attention, so next I set about filling, using a combination of Fine Surface Filler and caulk. After another quick sand in the places I’d applied the filler, it was on to the top coats, the really fun bit of the project.
Top Coats –
For my top coats I applied 3 coats of Empire by Tikkurila (available at Holmans Paints) which was tinted to the equivalent of Laura Ashley’s ‘Pale Ivory’. ‘Pale Ivory’ is a really nice ‘classic off white’ colour which has just a hint of yellow in it, to give it a bit of warmth. Holmans colour matching was dead accurate, as ever.
The Tabletop –
As you can see from this picture the table top was originally in very poor condition.
The varnish was peeling and cracking and in some areas it was long gone. The only thing to do was to start from scratch. Out came my sanding kit and I began taking both sides right down to the raw wood, getting rid of every hint of varnish or oils.
The central leaf however was removable and in much better condition than the sides. This section only needed cleaning, and then a very gentle sanding with 380 grade wet and dry, to get it ready for the top coats.
Top Coats of wood finish –
Using the original colour of the central leaf as my guide, I mixed together Cognac and Ebony Transparent Wood Wax Finishes by Osmo to get the right colour.
I then applied 2 coats using my * 2″ Wooster Flawless which is available from mypaintbrush.co.uk. I originally asked Andy at MPB to special order me this Flawless, hoping it was going to be good for feathering brush marks in oil eggshell. It didn’t really excel, but it did work brilliantly applying more easy flow stains and varnishes, and is now my go to brush for this kind of work.
I used the Wooster Flawless again to apply the final two coats of Osmo Polyx Hard Wax Oil, creating a lovely satin sheen with high durability.
After some final tickety booing, aka Quality Control finishing touches! the new look table and chairs were complete and ready for delivery back to their home in Halifax. Later that day I got an email 🙂
Just wanted to say thank you for the work on my table & chairs it is absolutely stunning. Many thanks, Kate
A tough but enjoyable project, and a great transformation. I hope many a meal is enjoyed for many a year to come.
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