Faux Lacquer for Lazies

Well, as is the way most projects are going lately…these babies have taken awhile to get done.  Remember them when they first came home?

Their humble beginnings seemed to cry for a bit of orange lacquer, but that’s too much work for an impatient one like myself.  Let’s start sanding!

I decided to cheat and use spray primer instead of brushing it on because of all the thin areas…and because I’m lazy.

Then, it was paint time!  We have an HPLV (high pressure, low volume) spray gun attachment for the air compressor that we used for painting.  I bought a high gloss, oil based enamel (a Ralph Lauren color matched in Glidden since Ralph didn’t have high gloss enamel.)  At first we thinned the paint with paint thinner, but it was still clogging in the nozzle.  After a little research and polling of paint pros…I needed Naptha.  It was still early spring and weather made these stages go by in weeks rather than days.

Now, if we were professional-like, we’d set up a spray booth in the garage or something…but nooooo….

….So you get this…now it has to dry, and that bug has to be sanded off…crap!  At least there are multiple coats of paint so it will disappear.

Then after sitting around without glass for a couple of months..I finally got it done.  Glass inserts in…and NO WHERE TO PUT THEM.  I’m sad.  I really want to keep them, but they aren’t working anywhere right now.  If I don’t figure out a place soon, I guess they’ll have to go to the booth…which makes me sad….maybe the attic for future rearranging possibilities?

Sad…and lazy….did I mention the sad?

7 thoughts on “Faux Lacquer for Lazies

  1. Kerry says:

    These look fantastic – and that paint job is amazing!
    I’d think an entire room could eventually be decorated around these beauties – so I vote for hanging on to them (then again, I kinda do have packrat tendencies, so maybe my ‘two cents’ isn’t worth much!)

  2. erin@designcrisis says:

    I hate when I bring home a fab find only to discover that — wonk wonk — it’s not going to work. Anywhere.

    On the plus side, you’re well on your way to becoming a professional furniture refinisher.

    • admin says:

      I’m trying….they have just been sitting in my dining room totally in the way as I work through my denial. Maybe the kids rooms? Somewhere.

  3. LM says:

    They’re beautiful! I found this post when I googled “faux lacquer furniture” — which I was searching on because I bought this very same end table (only one, sadly) and its matching coffee table from Craigslist on Friday. The moment I laid eyes on them I knew that they needed to be lacquered. But I, too, am too lazy for real lacquering. I can’t wait to try out your technique!

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