Hand Painted Furniture Swansea
Traditional Painter Matt Evans is based in S Wales. This piece of hand painted furniture in Swansea wasn’t as ancient as some of the painted pieces that Matt has dealt with, with his heritage hat on, but it was certainly old and tired enough to benefit from a skilled furniture painter with a good eye and a good touch.
One of the great things about specialising in hand painted furniture is that you can end up saving and reusing a perfectly good piece of furniture, even if it has been abandoned and forgotten about for years.
This well built wood unit with two drawers and a cupboard was in a cold, wet, garage for over 20 years, functioning perfectly well as a storage unit.
There was a little easing needed on the drawers, and the doors have seen better days, with the hinges seized and veneer delaminating. The doors and handles were removed and saved for another time, but right now it was necessary to clean everything down and get on with sanding.
Preparation is the key
The first clean down with * Krud Kutter’s Gloss Off removed a lot of the grime and wax that had accumulated, and when the surface had dried off, we were ready with the Festool Rotex 90 to sand everything back to a sound surface. You can see the change starting in the images. This is one of the best parts of the job, as things start to clean up and you can visualise how the hand painted furniture is going to turn out.
When the sanding was over and done with, we can move on to the priming and filling. It was decided to leave the top as it was, for now, and not reattach the doors.
For the priming I used Tikkurila Otex, which gives a great surface to sand smooth and sticks really well. The colour was always going to be neutral, and inspiration was taken from a popular designer colour range.
It really is a transformation, I’m sure you’d agree.
For now the top has been finished with Fiddes Hard Wax Oil, so I can see how well it performs, before recommending it, and new handles attached.
For a quote on hand painting your furniture in Swansea, South Wales get in touch by email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07528 467 284
* Krudkutter products have been discontinued. Read here about Fluxaf Pro Clean concentrate which has moved in. Applied neat to laminate, it will etch the surface like Krudkutter Gloss Off. Diluted 1:1 with warm water it will remove heavy wax deposits. Diluted 1:10 it is a reliable degreaser.
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