I have not done custom furniture for a very long time but I am glad I took this project on! Custom orders always make me step a little outside of my comfort zone and try some new things. I believe this is the first piece I have painted Navy, and I searched for the perfect navy color.
Custom refinishing can be a little tricky sometimes. Before doing a custom furniture refinish here are a few things to consider:
- This isn't my furniture, so if I mess it up we have new problems, ha ha.
- I don't really know what kind of condition the piece is in as they usually just send me pictures
- I am refinishing it to someone else's liking, paint color, distressing etc.
- I have a deadline to hit
On the flip side there are benefits of doing a custom piece
- Once it is finished I don't have to try to sell it
- I charge a little more for custom finished pieces
- It makes me try new things
- I require half down in the beginning
When I got this piece is I quickly realized it was not wood, it is made from MDF with a lacquer finish. As I mentioned earlier this can be one of the downsides ..... you never really know what is coming until it shows up. This is what the piece looked like after I had sanded it down. You can see the areas were the MDF was showing through.
I did a little research to figure out the best way to seal MDF and get my paint to stick to the lacquer. I found a shellac based primer will do both of those things and it worked amazingly!
Once I had everything all sealed up and primed I sprayed this piece with 2 coats of Naval By Benjamin Moore. After it was sprayed I let is dry for 24 hours and then I distressed the edges to accent the details!
I am loving the navy and teal together! This dream sign is available in our Etsy Shop here
I hope this gave you a few things to consider before doing a custom furniture refinish!