Saturday, March 21, 2009

Momentarily Done

It only took me 4.5 months and who knows how many hours, but the crown molding project is done. Some pics and my refinishing technique are below.

Just after the popcorn texture was removed.
Same corner after

Close up before
No more popcorn No more paint
Close up after. We still need to paint the walls.

Once I was ready to actually refinish, I used the following process.

  1. Applied Transtint Golden Brown dye stain. Diluted according to the directions with equal parts denatured alcohol and lacquer thinner.
  2. Brushed on 2 coats of Zinsser Amber Shellac. I read a lot of different things about making your own shellac from flakes versus using the premade stuff. The amber Zinsser stuff contains wax which supposedly makes the finish less transparent. The bigger issue is finding premade stuff that is actually fresh. The date of manufacture is printed on the top of the cans. Based on books I have read, I try to make sure the shellac is less than 6 months old. This usually means going on a wild goose chase to find the freshest stuff.
  3. Applied Old Masters dark walnut gel stain. I spent a disturbing amount of time and money trying to find the right glaze. In my opinion, Old Masters dark walnut looks like a mix of Van Dyke Brown and Black. It has a fairly long drying time. Basically, I painted the gel stain on section of molding at a time, and then wiped off as much excess as I could. Abbott Paint in St. Paul and Lathrop Paint in Minneapolis carry Old Masters.
  4. Applied one layer of shellac to seal in the glaze.
  5. Applied a final coat of dark brown Briwax to give the molding a satin finish.

In the end, I couldn't be happier with the way it turned out. Unfortunately, this is just the tip of the iceberg and I have all the remaining woodwork in the dining and living rooms left to do.


Christopher Busta-Peck said...

It looks gorgeous. Congratulations.

Just A Girl And Her Craftsman Bungalow said...


TJLoop85 said...

The crown moulding looks amazing... definitely a job well done. Even though it took some time the end result I'm sure looks worth it.


Domesticated said...

Wow!!! I LOVE the color it came out.

I know the feeling. It looks great but now there is an entire room full of wood to refinish. It's a little overwhelming.

Ranty said...

Fantastic! You did an awesome job.

So... when's the party? :-)

PS - I am trying to bring you some new neighbors... there are a few gems for sale right around you guys - first and foremost being the one you blogged about!

eggs_gg said...

Ha! There is a long way to go before any partying.

Good luck bringing others to the neighborhood. I really hope whomever buys 4720 doesn't destroy it. I think you should screen potential buyers by asking what they think of the windows on that one.

Chigrl417 said...

WOW! Thank you for existing! It's so good to be able to read about people who treasure their bungalow. Your wood work is gorgeous! And thanks for sharing your tools and techniques.

Wendy said...

Holy Crap! I just stumbled onto your blog and lo and behold I have just started this same crown moulding project. Why, oh why did people popcorn their trim?! What was the most effective way of stripping the popcorn & paint? The popcorn seems to come off with water and a rag but an hesitant to strip the paint (i'm scared i'll ruin the wood). What did you use?