Hello, everyone, so in today’s film I’m not going to be bringing you a makeup tutorial today. I actually want to talk about something completely different to makeup, but it is still something that requires a great amount of process, and in today’s for them, I actually want to talk to you about furniture restoration. Now, this isn’t something that I do professionally it’s more something that I do for fun in my spare time, certainly when it comes to spare time or when I’m not working, I like to be productive.
I can’t really say that I want to sit around and relax. That’s not really what I enjoy being productive and on my feet and getting things done, I find very worthwhile and makes me feel purposeful, so on today’s film I’m actually going to be lacquering a piece of furniture. In case any of you are unsure what lacquering is lacquer is a form of varnish before I continue and begin my master class and meet and greet we’ll be going ahead on the 31st of March. So very soon, two weeks from now, I’m very excited for tickets. More information, location, etc, be a pickable link for all that shall be in the description of this film. It should be the first thing you see within the description and the first link, so this should be the piece of footage that I’m going to be lacquering today. It is a table that I purchased probably about one or two years ago. It was actually just remember steam. I sister and I had gone out for a day, mountain and um. I don’t know her. I do tend to sort of be able to sniff out antiques. Certainly, you have been given a nose as large as mine. You should surely have a very acute sense of smell. I found this table in a secondhand furniture shop. This shop was full of many many discarded, antiques and reproduction pieces. This isn’t an antique. It is a reproduction for those of you who do not know what a reproduction is. A reproduction is a relatively production. It’s a reproduction of a traditional style, typically a classic style. So it’s not an antique. It’s not over 100 years old was produced in the 20th century, and I would say there is a visible difference between something that is an antique and a reproduction reproductions tend to look more shinier and you are even if they have been aged, whereas antiques tend to Be slightly finer and slightly more aged, they look a little bit weathered antiques, regardless of it, something that is built in gold with marble or whatever the context they do tend to look a slightly more delicate and weathered, whereas reproductions. Of course, there are newer and I think that a lot of the craftsmanship is done mechanically, as opposed to by hand for which antiques, of course were made by hand all those years ago before they had electricity or any sort of mechanisms.
No, I tend to find these secondhand furniture shops incredibly wounding because there’s so many beautiful pieces of furniture there that have been just discarded and I’ve been sold for tokens wild for absolutely nothing, and I think it’s such a great shame, because one thing I find a Warning and very difficult to understand is a disregard for beauty. I think that a lot of more classic styles and a lot of pieces of furniture, regardless of where the Kingdom in the world you can see throughout history, that mankind would take every day, materials and craft them into inspiring things that I considered luxury that I consider Marvelous, I find it fascinating and I absolutely love old furniture, not just for the principle alone. This is as old, but because more design has been put into it. I find with a lot of the more modern, the stars. They do tend to look slightly flatter and a little drab overly simplified. So there’s no appeal to me in the same respect as something that is more classic. No, I don’t know how I found this table. I just spotted it immediately. I never really know if it’s my nose or if it’s my eye, but I think it was my eye that sourced this now the reason I fell in love with it is because, if I show you the design on the front of it, I’m going to have To tilt it slightly backward because I’ve ever touched it right forward, my lamps will reflect on it. So when I bought this, I absolutely fell in love with the design a lot the shape of it. I absolutely love octagon affect wits, pinched and bulbous in certain areas. One side little bit bulbous as you can see and other places it’ll be pinched, so I absolutely fell in love with the style. It also has inlaid wood. It will you remind me of a captain’s wheel or ships or pirate ships? Of course, I was born and raised in their Charities of Northwest Scotland, and I also have a family that has a history of the shareef there securingas well as retelling furniture, so I really fell in love with it immediately, as I saw it, even though it Was very scruffy when I first bought it and it was a bit a bit dirty and I had these ghastly cast wheels that have someone else stuck on and some of the pondering in time. But I really really loved it, and I thought you know if I polish, this up. Look absolutely marvelous. So that’s exactly what I did so I saw it.
I pushed the sales assistant, and I said I will happily take this and negotiated a price, and I took it for 50 pence, which I think was quite reasonable, and one of these things that I wanted to make this film today is because, even though my channel Is very beauty based and predominantly about makeup and cosmetics. I think that refinement and enhancing one’s self also is about enhancing once surrounds and learning the processes and how we can make things better. It’s very useful in life now I’ve already began varnishing this and I’ve used lacquer to do so. So when I purchased it first apology thick coat of polyurethane, I presume all over it wasn’t very nice-looking, so I decided no, it has to go. It has to be smooth down and, of course, somebody I don’t know if I’ll be able to see on the inside somebody, I’ve been painting it with some sort of ghastly, jade color tan earlier date that had to go as well. So I removed all of what was a nice swap on the outside of it. I don’t really remind whatever has been in the inside. That’s your concern! It’s not going to be seen to many an eye unless it’s a cat, so I first of all used steel wool. Some people would probably disagree with using steel wool to take off varnish best of all. I personally do not like the stuff. Of course, you wouldn’t need as much of it as this. You probably only need a little bit of this to do whole thing, but I really used it just to really take out it great amount of the varnish without having to go in with a sandpaper at that point. So it was very effective for that, but I personally really dislike this stuff. It is literally wire, so I would suggest that use protective gloves unless your hands are quite hard and to remove what was left of the varnish and then went in with 400 grit sandpaper, and I took off the last remaining parts of the varnish. Some of it was still there and I just smoothed it down. I just wanted to make it a smooth and even as possible, because a lot of those grain was present and, of course it was very old and mistreated. So a lot of texture and a lot of unevenness everywhere, not so much on the top exactly everywhere else. No, the reason that I picked lacquer instead of shellac shellac is also another form of varnish or polyurethane or epoxy or boot. Varnish lacquer is a marvelous varnish. It has been used a lot in Chinese furniture making when you see a lot of these ancient Chinese styles and certainly from other parts of Asia where the furniture is like glasses. Like my mirrors, Marvis there somebody’s shellac, but they do tend to use lacquer and lacquer is one of those marvelous varnishes, because you can actually go on top of it without having to sand in between each coat because with most pins, certainly most varnishes that have perhaps Oil-Based you do have to go in and create a little bit of abrasion with either a soft sandpaper or wire rule just to roughen the edge of it slightly, so that the next coat that you apply will adhere to it.
The thing about lacquer is that you don’t actually have to do that it chemically bonds itself to itself or to the surface for which that you apply it to settling with wood. I don’t know if it does the same thing with cement or glass, but certainly with wood. I have found out to be so now. As you can see, this piece is quite shiny. I’m not going to be doing the top, I’m not going to be doing the top surface today. I have lack of this and sanded it and like, but I’m actually going to be a boxing this at a later date. That is a whole other journey and a whole other film, for that I shall have to dedicate to the boxing, because it requires a blowtorch am very, very expedient process, so it’s definitely something that I shall capture at a later date. No, I actually lack of everything. Aside from the top, what we lack at that probably around four times but everything else, I blackened 8 times – I mistakenly went in with 400 grit sandpaper rather than 800 grit, and I used it dry rather than wet. It’s very important that when buffing down and smoothing at lacquer after you’ve applied many coats of it to go in with a finite softer grit sandpaper. So I had gone in with the 400 grit sandpaper, but thinking that it wouldn’t take her that much because 400 grit isn’t that abrasive. Seemingly so I went in and I took out quite a lot. So I’d applied 8 coats and I have reduced the presence of the lacquer on the piece. Where does actually went all the way back down to the wood, so I am rebuilding those coats up. What I’m actually going to do is apply 4 coats. This time then buff it dents slightly and then spray lacquer onto it. Shellac is different and polyurethane is different, but certainly with lacquer and 2 degree. Epoxy epoxy immediately gives you a glass-like finish, but when you build up with lacquer either by painting it buffing it in between each coat or painting, it then buffing it and then doing an acid finish, which requires you to buff it down to the point where it Is totally smooth and then you go in with an orbital sander or a cloth, and you buff it until it’s super shiny with an automotive polish, the sort of thing that they use on cars when you apply lacquer and many coats or build up layers, you do Tend to get a glass-like finish, all these very luxury, high quality pieces of furniture that you do tend to see almost have that glass.
Like finish, it is typically lacquer that they use and they typically spray the lacquer on and the kinds of facilities where you can spray it and very, very hot. So you can spray the coop very fine, thin cooked another coat another coat and another coat until it is totally coated and then left to cure. Gas is not how I’m going to be doing this. I should be lacquering this by hand. However, once I get to the fourth coat, I shall be going in and spraying it when you’re layering and layering the lacquer you notice it starts to look a little bit like orange peel. That is when you go in and white sand, but it must be the whole thing that you’re wet Santa must be everything so that you get it really smooth and what I mean by white thunder that you wet down a piece usually with water and the water. Can be soapy as this saw acts as a lubricant, and then you send it down with a very fine grit sandpaper, but this is 120 sandpaper. I have 120. I also have two thousand two thousand five. Three thousand three thousand five. We get a lot find out, which is great, but just really really smoothing down the surface. You are in a sense buffing, it’s just like when you buff the nails and you start to keep on buffing and you could turn the grits. So it goes from being the hard firm to soft a file to an even softer fur, to an even softer fur. To the point we are almost wrapping just like a soft piece of plastic on it. It is simply a process of polishing. So when you are doing any form of lacquering or paintwork or varnishing, I thoroughly suggest that you put down a dust sheet or something protective over the area for which you’re working it. I would also strictly recommend that you operate with a window open and have ventilation and air circulating when working with chemicals, certainly lacquer, as there are components that can be toxic to human beings. Now, because I’m not going to be lacquering the top today, I’m actually going to flip the table round and just work on the legs and work on it from upside down, because I’m not interested in lacquer in the top. As I intend to epoxy that I shall be lacquering the legs and the size, and I’m going to elevate the table slightly using a case with a tea towel. On top of it just to ensure that there is no abrasion from the case on to the table, and vice versa, it’s actually a tea towel that my mother gifted me when I I don’t think she’d be too happy to find out what our using it for, But I can’t really say it’s my style, so it’s not really a loss.
Now. This luck is black company called poly line. They have been around for a very long time I shall presume, but it was only recently that I was able to source this kind of lacquer now when you apply it. First of all, you need to be very, very careful. Now I’m going to be using the poly wine crystal clear, wood lacquer and it has a gloss finish. Lacquer has quite a distinctive scent and I just pour some of that into a little Bowl, not too much as I can always go back and add more at a later point. It’s just like applying a foundation, and then I took a synthetic brush and I’m specifically using a synthetic brush to do this, because the non-covered i’m using is an acrylic lacquer that are across the different types of lacquers. That will provide you with different types of finishes. Lacquer is also typically used on guitars. So when guitars look super glossy and you can see a reflection in a guitar, it is usually black and that’s been used. So I have put a little bit of it in my small ball and I just take a very small amount of it and I just start to apply that and I always keep the brush strokes going in one direction once steady direction and I try to do As few strokes and girls as possible, so I actually apply it quite thick to begin with and then just bring it over and just pull it over thoroughly coating, everything and just go over the edges. You can always go back in and apply a little bit more, but I shall make the recommendation that you do try to keep all of your brush strokes, going in one seamless direction and I actually find it to be quite therapeutic because it is slightly monotonous. But you have to be very careful, so it requires a sense of ease, so I found this actually very relaxing. It makes me slightly sleepy, but I’m just building up the lacquer and the areas that are more intricate. You just apply it all with the brush. First of all, and then you just go over it, pulling off any excess footage that you might have applied and you can always distribute the excess to another area. As I’m doing so now, it can look a little bit white when you first start applying it, but it suddenly dries clear and of course, when you were doing a square leg edge when you were applying product to one side, you will get slight droplets on the Other side always remember to go back in and brush them out, so taking the brush diagonally against the corner and just pull all those droplets along, because you really want to create sinlessness with your finish.
Otherwise, it may look a little bit cheap, which shall defeat all your efforts always remember to do the inside as well, and also black is actually incredibly strong for when I first purchased this table, it was incredibly creaky, but then, when I started to lacquer it – and I would go into all the little joints with the lacquer, it started to harden up and it was no longer creakingas much and it didn’t feel as sugar Lee so lacquer is actually incredibly strong. Black, of course, is also incredibly underrated. In my opinion. Seldom humble now I’m having to actually work quite quickly with this, because I’m in my studio – and there are so many lamps – it gets quite warm quite quickly, Lakha. Of course it responds to heat it dries down in the warmth. Now I know some of you are probably thinking goodness gracious was enough, what you’re doing it’s awful, but the idea of this is not to create a final flawless finish in the first application, the ideas that you built up in layers and then file it down almost Like a carving now, if you notice in bubbles or sort of spots, you could always go back in and just brush over them, removing them, which will hopefully ensure a seamless Ness. If not, you can always sand them down once everything has dried. So the way I applied is just to slap it on no for the best, but I have put on a thick layer first of all, and then I brushed through just so that we ensure a really seamless, even cool, and it really is quite simple. You just have to build it up in a very thin layer of your plaque to typically it clumps, and it doesn’t look so great and of course it doesn’t take very long to do. I’m almost finished, so you just go back over any areas that may need a little touch-up just once it’s dry and of course, if there are any areas where you see it, bulging or too much of the toilets, drooping or dropping, you can always go in and Skim over the area very lightly just to bring everything back into its formation as it dries now. This should be touch dry within half an hour, but I like to leave it at least an hour to two hours to dry properly, so that I can transport it easily without marking it or leaving an indent into the locker for which that we have applied And when it’s dry – and you kind of have to just leave it to dry because, as you can see, I’ve just gone back in and you can see it starts to curdle slightly.
So when it starts to dry, you kind of just have to leave it to dry and then amending it at a later point, once it’s all dried and cured, you will go back in and sand it any mistakes So I’m going to leave this to dry Now I should probably do one more coat with this lacquer and the brush then go in and buffer turn just ever so slightly and then spray it with lacquer so that we create flawless finish But I definitely think that sure enough to come in a part to lacquer is undoubtedly an incredible material It can transform an already beautiful piece of wood to an incredibly beautiful piece of wood Not only does it make, would you look incredible as a metal? Like finish, it also protects and preserves wood and are well also state that it is very important to clean your brushes after using them with lacquer or place them in water or white spirits Just to loosen the product I never to go and clean the lacquer out to this brush just by using water It’s quite simple: it will react to water and I’ll be able to clean this brush with water alone, so that moreless completes two days Philip This has simply been an issue kiss on the process, forged that I use when lacquering and, of course it is only part of the process I shall be sharing the rest of the process at a later point, but I definitely think that if you are somebody that is wishing to lack other a new piece of furniture or an old piece of furniture or anything if you’re wanting to use lacquer or varnish, Definitely do your research and look around to find out what is and what isn’t the best option for what you are trying to create and what you are trying to accomplish I have previously spoken in the past about my own carpentry, my own carpentry wire, and I definitely very much like the prospect of creating a fillip showcasing my carpentry and perhaps showcasing the creation and construction process within one of my films to share with you all and To those of you who have purchased a ticket to my master class and meet and greet, I look forward to seeing and sharing and meeting many of you But I have had a lot of fun Creating this film for you here today and I hope through a friend, it is for them to be either interesting, useful, helpful or beneficial once again Thank you so much for watching and, of course, take care Bye,