Hello amazing Friends! Welcome to Trash-to-Treasure Tuesday!! Today, I’m sharing how to stop bleed through once and for all!
The perfect candidate is this awesome antique desk that I picked up while thrifting last week:
Cool, right?? I paid a little more for it than I would have liked…it was $70, but I knew it would be a quick redo and would sell well. (Quick ahem…yeah right.)
As a bonus, I am also sharing this chair I picked up a couple of weeks ago for $10:
I thought these might make a great set!
This desk may not have really fit into the “trash” category, but it was filthy on top. Years of build-up needed to go…good thing I planned to sand the top.
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Starting with the top, I used 100 grit sandpaper and my Ryobi Orbital Sander to remove the stain and gunk build-up…
Then I gave it a once-over with 220 grit until it was smooth. After cleaning up all the dust with my shop-vac, I used a soft cloth to apply a coat of Wood Conditioner to the top. (This allows the wood to take the stain more evenly.)
I followed up with Java Gel Stain by General Finishes. I had never used their stain before, but my buddy Nancy at Artsy Chicks Rule uses it often and I love the look of it, so when I came across it at an unfinished furniture store last week, I decided to give it a try!
I applied it with a soft cloth as well and let it dry for about 36 hours. One coat was enough for the look I wanted. Then I sealed it with their High Performance Topcoat which I already had. To apply it, I used a brush specially designed for polyurethane by Wooster.
Then it was time for paint!
How to Stop Bleed Through
Because I knew I would get that dreaded bleed-through on this older piece (Older mahogany and cherry pieces almost always have issues with bleed-through.), I gave the base of the desk a coat of
Zinsser Shellac, applied with a foam brush. It is stinky, so use in a well-ventilated area!
I have since found THE BEST product for sealing in those pesky tannins so you can get on with your project: BOSS by Dixie Belle!!
If I were redoing this piece today, I would give it a coat of BOSS in white and let it sit overnight. It comes in both a clear formula, white and gray, and it doesn’t have the harsh odors that the shellac has. It works fabulously!
There have been maybe two instances where I have added a second coat and let it dry overnight a second time, but usually one coat will do the trick!
I love how these darker pieces distress!
You can find my How to Paint Furniture using Chalk Paint Tutorial HERE!
For the chair, because it was small, I stuck it in my Mini Spray Shelter and primed with Rustoleum Spray Primer. I still had bleed through in a couple of places, but I sprayed some clear sealer on those areas and I was good to go.
You always want to spray prime cane before painting so the paint won’t flake off on you or your guests. #askmehowiknow #oopsie
I spray primed the cane seat, then used chalk paint to paint it, and sealed just that area with clear matte sealer. You could also spray paint the cane after priming, which would not require a sealer.
This chair is a cute companion for this desk, but it will be staying with me. I just love how it turned out and it will make a great prop for photos!
It was pretty nicked and beat up along all the edges, but that just made it distress even better…
I wish I had a place for this desk as well. It would make a great dressing table…just look how huge that drawer is!
The wood inside the drawer was so pretty I decided not to cover it with fabric this time.
This would also be great if you had a large entryway.
I suspect it won’t last long in my booth!
Don’t forget my girls are sharing trash-to-treasures of their own…I can’t wait to see them myself!
Want even more Trash-to-Treasure inspiration? Visit all of my makeovers from this series HERE!
I’ll be back on Thursday with my favorite thrifting buddy, Nancy from Artsy Chicks Rule! We have a new video of us thrifting to share, plus we will share what we bought and made over! Here’s a hint:
See ya then!
UPDATE: No need to come back…you can see it now HERE! 🙂
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