Thursday, May 28, 2009

Wooden Furniture Decoration Tips – Enameling the Furniture


Furniture is always a subject of utmost pride for anyone who owns them. But if they are wooden then taking excessive care of them becomes an important responsibility. This write up tries to highlight one such process involved in the wooden furniture, that can not only help in decorating newly finished furniture but also refurbish an old piece without causing it to strip - Enameling. Though there are many processes like enameling, antique wood glazing or flyspecking, wax gliding etc that can be used to add some sheen to your not so shiny furniture. In this write up we will try to focus on enameling process along with various nuances associated with it.

Enameling – What is It?

Enameling is that process which can be used for both new and old furniture and have the advantage of low maintenance. Enameling not only covers the flaws and bad quality of the furniture but also help in maintaining various other defect and is applicable to a vast variety of wooden surfaces. If one wants to create a striking piece, then enameling bare wood or an old furniture is the trick to do it.

Different Types of Enamelling

Although enameling is a unique process but often people substitute it for painting. While paints are composed of pigments in an application vehicle or any medium, enamels install pigments in a varnish, lacquer, or oil base.

Enameling Techniques and Applications

before beginning with the process of enameling, it is important that the whole furniture is sanded properly and a filler should be applied to ensure that the pores are filled and the surface is smooth. Make sure that you clean the surface with a tack cloth before starting with enameling.

Coating the furniture with the commercial enamel undercoater is a must. Is is white in color and ensure that the under coater is applied in a smooth manner. After applying the undercoat its important to leave it untouched for around 3 hours and then it should be cleaned again with a tack cloth. This is where the application of enamel begins. Begin with applying it in strips and then further level the surface ensuring that there are no thin and thick spots. Spread it evenly and the brush marks will disappear as soon as it dries.

While working on a vertical surface one needs to be a little cautious. Here one needs to brush the enamel in a tipped position and move form the dry surface to the wet part. Brush lengthwise along rungs, spindles, and other turnings. After you are though with application of the enamel, allow it to dry for several days.

These were some of the tips that come handy while enameling is being done to your furniture. The best way however, is to engage a professional for this purpose to make sure no stones are left unturned.
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