You would think that once you reach a certain age, pesky things like acne would go away. Not so for me. I still get breakouts regularly. Ugh! So, what does that have to do with painting furniture? Let me tell you….
Unlike some of my other furniture friends, Lise was very cooperative in her makeover. Or at least she tried to be. She was in such good shape that for once, I decided not to prime first. I did sand and clean, then went straight to painting with my fave General Finishes milk paint in Snow White. A bit of distressing and glaze, then top coated with another fave, GF’s High Performance Polyurethane. So far, so good.
Theeeen, after drying time, I came back to her and noticed a pimple. Yep, a nice little bubble on the top surface. What to do? Only one thing I could do- sand away a bit of the work I had just finished. You can see in this picture the white ring where the zit was. The fact that the paint stayed in a ring pattern after sanding makes me think there was a divot there that sanding didn’t reach first time around.
After sanding the spot, I then lightly sanded the rest of the top. I repainted the spot, feathering the paint over the surrounding area. This took several coats, then I reglazed and reapplied the top coats. Lise and I bonded in our “mature” acne issues.
The Lochs of Scotland coffee set that I found at Black Dog Salvage looks pretty sitting on her.
I almost always prime, and this little episode has reinforced the necessity of that step. I’m guessing there was some sort of unseen stain in that divot that I didn’t remove with sanding. Anyway, Lise’s flare-up has now cleared up, thankfully.
Do you prime first, or take your chances?