Its been a few days since I last posted about this chest of drawers. Unfortunately, I have health issues that interfere in my life all too often. But enough of that, the chest is done and I, and my husband, love it so much we have decided to keep it and not sell it.
So. The last we "spoke", I was trying to decided how to finish the handles. I went for stain on the tops and paint on the underneaths.
The chest & drawers have 2 coats of paint and 3 coats of stain. The handles only needed 2 coats of stain. I put 3 coats of varnish over the stained parts of the chest. The painted parts do not require varnish as it is already built into the paint. The handles currently only have 1 coat of varnish. Since I'm keeping it, I can do the other coats later.
For products and tools, I used the Wooster Red Feather roller for the paint and the Wooster Short Cut brush for the stain. I used a craft brush and a sponge brush for small areas.
This was my first project using Old Masters Gel Stain. It requires a completely different method than General Finished Gel Stain, which I was used to. OMGS requires brushing it on with the grain and keep brushing while wet till you have an even coverage. I first tried doing it the "General Finishes" way but it wasn't covering so I youtubed it and found a good video showing how to do it with a brush. I'm pleased with the results.
Almost 10 months later . . . the stain & clear coat is still like the day I finished it. The black paint, not so good. It was not long scratching off where the drawers slide in and out. It being an antique and solid wood, there are no runners. It simply pulls in and out and where it rubs on the sides, the paint has scratched off. So my final verdict on using Benjamin Moore Porch & Floor paint on furniture is DON'T DO IT. Stick with the tried and true Benjamin Moore Advance.