I get alot of questions about ‘How To’ apply Caromal Colour’s Textured Basecoats ‘smoothly’, or with the least amount of texture, onto cabinets or furniture. I always make certain to explain that these paints will NOT look like a sprayed paint finish coat, but rather have a look all their own -one that I think offers a lovely updated finish for cabinets and furniture alike.
The following is a photo play-by-play applying Caromal Colour’s Textured Basecoat Parchment over an older oak stained cabinet door, and how I arrive at a smoother finish coat. If you click on each photo, it will blow up in even bigger detail.
I started with honey oak stained door and taped off bottom so that it can be exposed at the end-
Product used – Caromal Colours Textured Basecoat Color Parchment-
and a simple chip brush
First, apply the first coat –
There you have the first layer. Yikes, ugly! It’s not even… its not smooth. Curses, brush marks! 🙂
The first layer, I think, takes the most time to apply. I also think that the light colors like Parchment and Wisteria, don’t cover as well as the other colors when you apply it thinner and smoother like this application. Be patient, it will all come together!
It should be nice and dry in a few hours, but I blew dry mine so we could continue on –
On to the second coat. Start again, get enough on your brush, touch down on the surface, then start pushing it around – push it/smear it (does that explain it?) –
You aren’t using alot of product. You’re pushing and smearing around whats there – by doing this its actually helping even out the painted surface – filling in the thinner areas from layer 1 –
As you’re applying that second layer, and pushing and smearing, always do a final pull of your brush – in the same downward direction (the top and bottom run brush to the left and right) . Doing this will remove that textural look –
If you find the product isn’t smoothing out nicely, dip the tips of your brush into a little bit of water, shake it off, then glide over your surface again –
and your second layer is done. Now, depending on how you applied the product, how thin you brushed it etc , you COULD still have areas, here and there, that don’t look completely covered. In my sample, below, you can see several areas that still look thin –
What to do? Simple. Wait till it dries, which won’t take as long as layer one, because it wasn’t applied very thick, then simply get your brush out and paint JUST those areas that are bothering you –
No, it doesn’t take long, and it barely uses any product. Not all doors will need finesssing. You might not finesse anything, I might do a couple spots on each door, Sally might spend five minutes on each door, detailing every bit of the surface. The point is, theres no right or wrong. Its all about what look YOU want…. and, how much time YOU want to put into it. I purposely don’t spend alot of detail time on my cabinet samples. I want to see how simple and easy I can make something – and with that attitude, what look it will deliver me –
This is a good photo where you can see the thinner areas. This last little brush around will cover it –
All dry, and reading for a finish sanding –
Can’t beat a palm/mouse sander. Under $40 at Home Depot/Lowes, or you can use sand paper (150-220 grit) –
You give the surface a quick sand because it makes it FEEL much nicer. I spent maybe 10 seconds on this door, if that. I didn’t sand inside the groove areas. If I did I’d have used sand paper for that. Could I have/Should I have? It depends on what look you are going for. In my case, I am okey with a more distressed look. You can see I buzzed the edges with my sander (simply angle the sander and apply a little pressure) to reveal the wood underneath –
I’m done sanding. I dry rag wipe off any dust, then break out the Toner. The Toner is a great staining type glaze that warms up your painted surface. It comes in one color only, and depending on how much you wipe off, will change the color of of your finish. For the Parchment/Wisteria color basecoats I also like what it looks like to use Caromal Colours Coffee or Tea Glaze instead of Toner.
I taped this door off, and here, on the top, I am brushing on the Toner –
and wiped it off with a damp rag (and pulled the tape off) –
I tape the panel again, to split it into two sections, and pull out the Caromal Colours Coffee Glaze and Tea Glaze-
Tea Glaze –
and Coffee Glaze. The Caromal Colours Wall Glazes were created for walls. They are very translucent, which means the color left behind, when you wipe it away, is very subtle – it won’t bite into the finish as much as the Toner-
You only need a dry rag to wipe off the glaze . Could have applied a little pressure and wiped off even more –
In Review, an oak door refinished using Caromal Colours Parchment Textured Basecoat. 2 brushed layers, a few spots touched after that, about a 10 second sanding applied to the flat surfaces, and then Toner and Glazes brushed on and wiped off –
Once dry (give it 24 hours before topcoating), apply a topcoat to your cabinet finish, and move on to your next project. But… let’s say you want it less distressed looking –
How can I apply the textured paints so that the surface is the smoothest?
See the photo below? It’s very close up. See the middle panel? I got out the mouse sander and sanded a little more, and then re-brushed on the Toner and damp ragged it off. Do you see how, by doing that it made it much smoother?
Here, I’ll re-sand that whole panel –
So, yes, you can get a pretty smooth, consistent final finish coat, but it will require more sanding than the quick and easy 5-10 seconds I did. You will also risk sanding down so much that you start to get thin areas. See above? I could have used a piece of sand paper and easily sanded out some of those ridges in the inner groves. Or that globby that I see on the little molded piece.
Let’s reapply the Toner –
Wipe off with rag, and then a quick pull down with a dry brush-
Done. The outer edges were lightly sanded. The inner areas weren’t sanded at all, and the front panel was sanded more. Pardon my sloppy looking glaze around that front panel, its because I brushed over that outer edge twice, and now its heavier. I could have prevented that my taping first –
My favorite look is a blend of these two – I could have spent a little more time mouse sanding the flat surfaces. Had I spent, maybe 20 seconds on the door, I’d have had a less distressed finish. However, I am one that DOES like a little bit of those brush tracks – to me it adds to a more wood looking finish. Almost like a grain. I also could have spent a minute with a piece of sand paper, knocking out a couple heavier areas that I left inside the groove area. But that’s just me.
So…………..Tell me, what do you think? Remember, here is the before –
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