Go Back   DIY Chatroom Home Improvement Forum > Home Improvement > Painting

CLICK HERE AND JOIN OUR COMMUNITY TODAY...IT'S FREE!

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 07-02-2012, 03:39 PM   #1
Newbie
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Posts: 3
Rewards Points: 0
Share |
Question

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.

speckledpig is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-02-2012, 04:41 PM   #2
paper hanger and painter
 
chrisn's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Hagerstown MD
Posts: 6,732
Rewards Points: 2
Default

Painting an old varnished wooden bookshelf


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

chrisn is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-02-2012, 06:07 PM   #3
Newbie
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Posts: 3
Rewards Points: 0
Default

Painting an old varnished wooden bookshelf


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.
speckledpig is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-02-2012, 06:36 PM   #4
liscenced electrician
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Oregon coast
Posts: 983
Rewards Points: 0
Default

Painting an old varnished wooden bookshelf


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
jimmy21 is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 07-02-2012, 08:40 PM   #5
Rubbin walls since'79
 
Brushjockey's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Mn
Posts: 2,518
Rewards Points: 0
Default

Painting an old varnished wooden bookshelf


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.

__________________
"It's better to come here with questions before you screw up than to come here after and ask how to fix them."- JS
Brushjockey is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-03-2012, 03:56 AM   #6
paper hanger and painter
 
chrisn's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Hagerstown MD
Posts: 6,732
Rewards Points: 2
Default

Painting an old varnished wooden bookshelf


Quote:
Originally Posted by speckledpig View Post
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
chrisn is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-03-2012, 10:27 AM   #7
Newbie
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Posts: 3
Rewards Points: 0
Default

Painting an old varnished wooden bookshelf


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

Thanks all.

speckledpig is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Painting old wooden garage doors ingebondi@yahoo Painting 9 04-01-2012 12:32 PM
Painting wooden columns...need to prime? swaff Painting 6 06-07-2011 10:27 AM
painting wooden furniture? dawg803 Interior Decorating 5 04-26-2011 07:03 PM
painting a newly made wooden bench sdristau Painting 0 08-14-2010 07:13 PM
Painting Wooden Chair for outdoor use Wanda General DIY Discussions 2 08-24-2007 08:48 AM




Top of Page | View New Posts

Copyright © 2003-2014 Escalate Media. All Rights Reserved.