I’m still in a funk over royally screwing up my cabinet project on Sunday. (See the end of Monday’s post for that story.) I’ll be honest – I’ve been depressed about it for days. I know it’s not a big deal, but I really, really hate screwing up. Type A perfectionist much?
So, in an effort to cheer myself up, I’ll share another project that I didn’t completely ruin. (I’m exaggerating. My cabinet will be fine. I just have to sand it and start over. Sigh.)
This is my Ikea Rast nightstand. I use it as a shelf in my office. This is the project I planned to mess up – the piece was only $15, is too small to be useful, and is almost completely obscured by the giant printer that sits on top of it. That’s why I did this project first. I actually finished it about a month ago – not sure why I haven’t shared it until now!
I told a friendly employee at Lowe’s that I was going for a white lacquer look, and he suggested I use a latex primer, latex paint and water-based brush-on poly. This all seemed reasonable, so I bought my supplies and kicked off the project.
First, I sanded the whole thing down with both 50 grit and 220 grit paper.
I applied two coats of the primer with a foam roller and a foam brush for the crevices. I sanded in between each coat of primer. (See? I’m usually great with prep. I over-prep. That’s why my failure on Sunday was so frustrating.)
Next, I added three coats of paint. I sanded in between each of those, too.
I let it dry overnight, and the next day, I had a nice, clean white nightstand.
At this point, I planned to gild the front edges with liquid gold leaf. Unfortunately, it occurred to me that if I wanted to tape off the lines, I’d need to wait a while for the paint to cure, and I was way too impatient for that. I tried to make a clean edge by holding up a straight piece of cardboard, but it just bled through and looked terrible. In a rare moment of courage, I decided I’d free-hand. And shocker – some parts come out really nice!
Other parts … not so much.
No worries. When I was done, I went back in with white paint to touch up my many mistakes, and it covered just fine.
Next up was the polycrylic. Dude. I don’t have a photo of this step, but trust me when I say that polycrylic does not look like lacquer. I was very displeased, so I went back to Lowe’s and grabbed some real spray lacquer. Yes, it was fumier than the water-based stuff, but it was so much glossier. It would have looked even better if I’d done more than one coat, but by this point, I’d already spent a ridiculous amount of time on a $15 shelf, so I gave up and brought it inside.
That’s it! The gold edging looks pretty amateur, but for the most part, it was a fairly successful test of my limited furniture finishing skills. Like I said, it usually has a giant printer on top of it, but I just couldn’t put that image out into the world. The poor little guy deserved to show his top!
I want to cover up the screws on the side, and was hoping to use some kind of nailhead-looking things, but they can’t be a real nailheads, because there will be screws underneath them. I bought some little wood discs that I planned to paint gold, but I just don’t think they’ll look right. Anyone have any suggestions?