Est. 1998

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DECORATIVE  IDEAS

 

Interior Designer, Specialist Paint Techniques & Artist

 

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Hi my name is Denise Hardy and I love everything in connection with the home i.e. Interior Design, Hand Painting Furniture, Decorative Painting Techniques and Art.

 

I live in Alicante, Spain with my husband in a beautiful villa which we both love and work hard on making it our home.  I have been established in creating beautiful homes since 1998 and never get tired of doing what I do. 




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A Quick and Easy Technique for Melamine Furniture creating an Antique Style Finish 


Over the past few weeks I have been doing quite a lot of painting and decorating and painting furniture for a friend - this is one of the pieces I have been working on and no doubt in a few days or weeks I will post some of the other pieces of furniture I have completed.

 

I have started with this one because it is soooo quick and easy I thought I would share it and give you some inspiration for you to perhaps get started on creating something for yourselves?

 

I think many of us may have a piece of melamine furniture in our houses that we would like to just give it a little facelift? This is what this piece of furniture is - quite boring - and needs a facelift.


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As this was already white - I thought I would do an experiment - I've never done this 'finish' this way before - so didn't really know if it would work or not - but if it didn't I knew I could easily rectify it.   First of all I gave it a wipe down with soapy water - I never sanded it or anything else - it was in good condition and you need a shiny surface for this effect anyway.


All I used was some dark wax - I use 'Bri-Wax' in Antique Pine but you could use any dark wax. I use this quite a lot so I already had this in my stash but it is not expensive to buy and it goes a long way.

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I always use an old soft cloth when I'm applying wax on furniture and I need this effect. You do need a 'soft' wax it is much easier to use. If you do have 'hard' wax - I would recommend that you soften it up either by leaving out in the sun for a little while until it softens or you could put the tin in a smallish amount of boiling water in a saucepan to soften.


When applying the wax you usually work with the grain - although melamine doesn't have a grain - you can see that the sides are worked 'across' and not downwards - I did this to the whole piece - ie - working 'crossways'


You can see in the photo above that I have already completed one side and the top - so you can see the difference in the 'finish'.

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Once you have worked the wax in all over your piece - let it sit for 5 to 10 minutes as you don't want to wipe it all off - it just needs to dry a little - then using another clean old cloth - give it a real good shine - you will notice when you are first trying to buff it up it seems a little hard work, but once you've got over that initial buffing, then you see it all begin to take shape with a lovely sheen.


For cleaning purposes:- PLEASE NOTE - I do not recommend using any silicone polishes on this effect nor water - all you need is a clean soft cloth - it is very hard wearing and easy to keep clean - like anything - just look after your furniture and it will look after you

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