I am winding down to the finish line and it has taken me forever to finish her, but as of right now she is finished unless ... you disagree! Here she is today...
Here is her before shot:
And here is her challenge spot:
The detailed grooves. I got this great idea that I would fill in the grooves, sand it down smooth and then just paint. An easy three step process right? Wrong!!! My first product was regular ol' wood filler. And it didn't work. The grooves were too deep, the filler wouldn't smooth. Next was an expensive wood filler, that too didn't work and took almost a week just to dry and then it wouldn't sand smooth. I needed a break, I worked on several other projects and finally got the courage to work on it again.
Next I got the recommendation from a Lowes paint person to try using regular old paintable caulk. Ahh!! That was a disaster.... caulk is not sandable, so any bumps I missed along the way just wouldn't go away without a razor blade, and caulk remover does not work! So finally I took some plain old sheet rock mud an smoothed it over the top of everything let it dry, sanded and my sanity finally returned.
Time to finish painting, and here she is again all gussied up and distressed ala razor blade.
Now for the final question. Does she need a glaze? I have been debating with myself whether or not to do it. I don't always love the dirty look of a glaze, but it might help her details a little and cover a few mistakes. What do you think? O blog-o-furniture-godesses, I need your wisdom!
Thanks in advance!
Linking to: Primitive & Proper