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speckledpig 07-02-2012 03:39 PM

Painting an old varnished wooden bookshelf
 
Hi all, first post. Longtime lurker here.

My folks remodeled their house recently and gave me a bookshelf they had in their closet. It's about 7.5' tall and made of varnished pine with a plywood back. My dad used varnish for everything back then.

Anyway, I'd like to lay it on its side, build a molding-trimmed base for it, and use it as a sofa table.

It is probably 30 years old and solid as a rock. I'd like to paint the whole thing, but I'd appreciate some advice on the best procedure. Being pine, it has a couple of knot holes and some other irregularities that would disrupt a nice painted surface.

Should I use some of the "liquid sandpaper" first? I was thinking about using drywall compound after prepping the surface and/or sanding. I can also go either way on water-based or oil-based paint. I have a HVLP gun and some brushes.

Thanks for any advice. I'll be sure to post pics of the final product.

chrisn 07-02-2012 04:41 PM

Lightly sand, clean, apply GOOD bonding primer( Cover stain, Bullseye 123), paint with whatever, 2 coats

speckledpig 07-02-2012 06:07 PM

Thank you.

There is one significant knot hole I am worried about. Maybe 1" across.

Could I put some bondo in it, or am I just asking for trouble. The other idea I had was a drywall patch kit and just compound and sand it smooth.

jimmy21 07-02-2012 06:36 PM

if the hole goes all the way through i would first use fiberglass to fill the hole and then use bondo or plaster (like fixall, not drywall mud) to smooth it out

Brushjockey 07-02-2012 08:40 PM

Bondo or similar- use jimmy's idea- although I would just underfill it slightly and use something like Elmers wood filler to top off to sand.

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chrisn 07-03-2012 03:56 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by speckledpig (Post 956395)
Thank you.

There is one significant knot hole I am worried about. Maybe 1" across.

Could I put some bondo in it, or am I just asking for trouble. The other idea I had was a drywall patch kit and just compound and sand it smooth.


just adds character to the piece:yes::whistling2:

speckledpig 07-03-2012 10:27 AM

Great, but my wife doesn't want character... :D

Thanks all.


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