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Distressed paint finish in bathroom7/4
Im pricing 2 pieces where the client wants a distressed hand painted finish on a cabinet that will go in their bathroom. The piece will have a red/brown undertone with a green top coat with rub threw areas. My concern is moisture over time. Should I be worried about moisture? What materials/paint would work best? May possibly use milk paint with a lacquer top coat. I can not have a thick lacquer finish on it- needs to look old.
Use a green oil based paint, 2 coats, then do all your rub through. Add the brown/red coloration to the rub through at that point.
Top it off specifically with dull sheen polyurethane, 3 light coats. I would probably just buy a couple aerosol cans of Minwax dull poly. It will seal it up quite well.
The thicker you spray it, the more you'll cry. Just spray enough to "wet" it and let it cure for 5-10 hours (it varies depending on humidity/temp), scuff gently and recoat.
Their dull is plenty dull enough to retain the "old" look, and if it isn't "old enough" looking to them, rub it down with some steel wool.
In all honesty, if this is an expensive job, I would not touch it without having a sample door (or at least a slab drawerfront) done in that process, signed by the client.
Make sure to apply finish or paint (oil base ideally) to insides and all edges
This is great information, I haven't tried any distressed painting yet so I will save this post for any future clients. Thanks for the post.