Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Wedding Cake Topper Part 2

Ok we are onto Day 2 of the Wedding Cake Topper piece. We have waited for our first coat of paint to dry and now need to add the second coat and then repeat all of that on the back of each piece.

It is necessary to sand a little between coats. I prefer to use a Scotch-Brite pad. It's similar to an 800 grit- level sandpaper and just gets the surface a little better prepared to hold more than one coat. It may be unnecessary but it's easier to do it now then wish you had done it later. Also any bubbles or funniness int he original coat is knocked out in this step.
Scotch-Brite- for more than just scrubbing dishes!
The milk paint has to be stored in the fridge between uses as it is perishable when wet-- I guess like milk would be. The paint is going to be thicker when cold and needs a really good stir as there may have been some settling. Even though it is a bit goopy, it will still spread evenly for a second coat. Once you have prepped the dried board with a little light sanding, it's time to apply that second coat, wait an hour and then flip it on it's back to get the rear-end.
Double Coated Lexington Green
You can see a bit of the different in color between dry and wet. The finish is very matte and very vintage looking. One project I hope to do in the future is the distressing look of multiple coats of different colors and then sanding down to give that distressed look before applying the finish. I don't know- maybe it's more trouble than it's worth. Hmmm. Anyway- it's on to waiting another day. Tomorrow will be the Tung Oil. This is the really neat part because the color will deepen and we may get some luster out of it as well.

2 comments:

  1. Thank you! I;m hoping to make lots of mistakes so I can learn more....

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