Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Help Needed Please

Hi Ladies!! Hope you all are having a wonderful evening!! I was just wondering if any of you would be willing to share some step by step instructions on how to Prim up various wood pieces.?!?!? Or if any of you know where to possibly find a tutorial on this?!?!?

I completed this cutting board the other evening but I am not quite happy with it. I am not sure if I didn't sand enough, or if I sanding too much on the edges. I am not quite sure but something just doesn't quite seem right. Now looking at the picture I can see that I forgot to paint the hole on the handle...ooops!!
Any advice of what I did wrong?


April said...

Sure wish I could help you out, Carrie...I think it looks great!

Wendy said...

I think it looks great Carrie!! You did good girl!:0)

The Whites said...

I'll throw in my 2 cents! Here is my process: First I sand off any shiny finish and get down to the bare wood. Next, paint on a base coat. (I usually use black for the base coat - use flat paint) Then paint on your final coat of whatever color you choose. After it dries, sand as little or as much as you want, but sand the edges more where the piece would normally show the most wear. I finish it off by rubbing on some dark walnut stain and wiping off the excess.

Hope that helps! I don't know what you did to your cutting board, but I think it looks great! Maybe it could use a little more distressing.


Lisa said...

Hi Carrie,

I 2nd the info that Mandy gave you. I normally do the exact same process that Mandy spoke about. I just sand my edges a little bit more, but if you don't like it as distressed then just do it to your liking. It is always fun to learn and experience. My first cutting board was awful looking, but now that I have been re-doing pieces then it has improved over time. I think it looks great from what I can see.


girliegirl said...

I think it looks nice Carrie, sometimes we are harder on ourself than others. Great advice has already been given.


Scrapper Mom said...

i don't have a clue about that kind of stuff, girl. but check out you tube. they have everything on there!

Tomatoe Creek Prims said...

I do the same as Mandi...always works great!

Carrie said...

Thanks Ladies!! I think I have it now. I pretty much did all the steps Mandy listed. However, I do have a few questions on smaller pieces can I use regular arcylic paint? And do you all think I should distress more? How long do you normally let each layer of paint dry before moving on to the next process?

Thanks again...I appreciate all of your help!!

Hugs!! Carrie

The Whites said...

I use the cheap craft paint from Wal-Mart or craft stores. It is flat acrylic. I think that kind is easier to sand off. I'm pretty impatient when it comes to waiting for paint to dry! If it's a sunny day, I put it outside to dry in the sun for about an hour between coats.

I think the distressing depends on what you like. I love a really worn look, so I distress pretty heavily on most things.

I took a second look at your board and I think it looks really good! I would probably put the sandpaper to it a little more, but like I said that's just my preference. Keep practicing and you'll find what works for you!


Carrie said...

Thanks again girls!! Mandy, you have been so helpful girl!! I think you hit the nail on the head, after looking at it more carefully, I think that I wasn't happy with the distressing. So, I am going to go home after work and sand it a little bit more and then re-stain it.

I do have a question about the stain...I am just using good ol' Minwax dark Walnut, is the right?

And I also was wondering if any of you have tips on painting bowls? I painted mine but am not quite happy with it, either.

I did the basecoat black, the top coat buttermilk and then the stain. But whenver it came to sanding it, something went wrong. Maybe because of it's shape? It just seemed that I wasn't going with the grain or something?

Hugs!! Carrie

LeeHillPrimitives said...

I think it looks great. Normally, I apply a base coat, then the top color that I choose for the piece. Sanded a little more to show more wood (that give an old look), then stained. You can see examples of pieces with this technique in my blog. Good luck!

Farmchick said...

Looks great to me! Have a wonderful weekend!