Sanding in a state of trepidation is a good way to sand. While a certain amount of unease is, uncomfortable, you tend to get a lot done when your mind is elsewhere. So it all works out.
Recently, this is how I felt when I sanded a little cabinet, and the reason I sanded like this is because my husband Ryan was beginning the slow and terrifying process of trimming his beard.
While it varies, the routine goes something like this. He grows his beard out for a few months, he doesn’t exactly grow it long, but just puffy, thick, copper colored. You know, long enough to lose track of his chin. Sort of, Leprechauny. (we tend to live more like brother and sister when he does this). Then one day, when he’s tired of his mustache getting in the way of his food, he starts to trim. And it is a process that makes the whole family uneasy.
I will explain with this handy graph.
He starts with step 1, the bushy beard. This in itself is not good, but we all know that it can get so much worse. You see, what he enjoys doing is just trimming off a bit at a time, sometimes letting hours or EVEN days pass before moving on to the next beard monstrosity. I am amazed at what the style of a beard can do transform a person’s looks. He can go from a hillbilly to a redneck to some sort of pervert in a couple of hours. (number 3 or 4 is exactly the kind of person you could imagine lurking around your property and raping your goats) And the more we protest, the more strength he gains to carry on. Ultimately, he gets to step 6, and becomes my handsome man again. But the images in my head….
What’s that got to do with sanding? Well, nothing. But now you know my state of mind while performing my least favorite task. I had a fervor that one only feels when their husband is trimming his beard and showing off the midway results. The good news, the sanding went fast.
So here’s the fun news, I actually got the products I’m about to review for freeeeeeeeeeeeeee and it was like Christmas in August for me when I received them. (yeah, I started this post a long time ago… so what?) I decided to try these products on a little cabinet Ryan brought home the other day. It had good bones, but was missing some larger pieces of veneer from the door front.
If a little veneer is missing, I’ll go for a simple, sandable/paintable wood filler. If a lot is missing, I break out the big guns, BONDO, which is so stinkin’ stinky but so effective, it dries rock hard and sands like butta. (I mean butter people, although, butter would be disgusting to sand, so let’s move on)
But today I’m trying a new product and I’m excited. It is called SculpWood, by SYSTEM THREE products. It’s a spreadable epoxy paste. It is easy to sand and machines just like wood. Following the manufacturers instructions, I added a dollop of part A, and an equal sized dollop of part B on a disposable plate. Using a little putty knife, (which, in my case, was a piece of cardboard) I mixed part A and part B together and spread it on my missing veneer, making sure to slightly overfill. It had a similar consistency to the BONDO I use but I thought it smelled quite a bit better, but still strong. Now I just had to wait for it to dry. Because of the ridiculous humidity, I knew it would take a while for it to cure, so I let it be.
Now for the cabinet.
I removed the hardware and sanded down the entire thing lightly, both to even out any issues with the former finish and also to rough it up a bit. Next I cleaned the entire thing to remove oils and excess dust. The product I’m using says that no prep is needed, but since this is a piece I will hopefully sell someday, I prefer to prep, if only just to give it a nicer surface to apply the paint. If you were to follow the “no prep” suggestion, make sure to thoroughly clean the piece beforehand, even if it doesn’t look dirty. I also gave it a quick spray of primer, because I had it and it certainly can’t hurt.
After the primer dried, I gave it another quick sanding and cleaning and it was finally time to whip out my product, Krylon Chalky Finish in “Waterfall” They were kind enough to send me two cans, and a few more goodies. I sprayed it in a sweeping motion and it went on very nicely and dried to a smooth even finish. I went through the first can quickly, having left one moderately patchy coat, but covering the whole thing. I left it to dry, and went in for a second coat with the new can. Again, it went on very well, I was impressed. Unfortunately, even with two cans, I ran out of product and didn’t have enough for the final few touch-ups, or the door I had patched. So I went on a mad hunt to purchase a third can. According to the website, it is sold at Michaels, JoAnn Fabrics, Hobby Lobby, and Walmart. (to mention a few local stores) However, over the course of the next couple weeks, I visited all of those stores and not one of them (at the time I am writing this post) stocked this product. So I had to turn to another way of purchasing things. It is called the internet.
My first stop was Amazon, as a Prime Member, I always look here first because you can’t beat free, two-day shipping. Unfortunately, the color I needed was out of stock. I then went to several different sites and searched for corresponding coupon codes. But, ultimately, I ended up ordering through JoAnnfabrics.com for a whopping $17 a can, (including shipping) Yep.
So while I was waiting to receive my shipment, I went back to my door. The filler worked like magic, it dried nicely, sanded smoothly, and had a hard, wood-like finish. It was every bit as good as the BONDO, but less stinky. A win.
So once I sanded down the door a bit, I put a quick coat of primer on both sides, and eventually, when I got my Krylon Chalky Finish in the mail, I went right to work. Thankfully, I had enough to finish with touch-ups and the door. I also took off the back of the cabinet, and added some fabric for fun. This piece is bright and happy so I went with it with all of my heart.
Just like with any chalk paint, you’re going to want to lightly sand it to give it a smooth, even finish. And then you’ll want to seal it. Since I was trying new products, I decided to try one more. This one is from a company called Goddards. The product I used is called Cabinet Maker’s Wax Spray. This is the lazy man’s chalk paint waxing dream, and I am that lazy man. It is a lemon and beeswax wood cleaner, sealer and protector. It is divine. After I sanded and removed the dust from my piece, I gave it a quick spray, buffed in the wax, let it dry, and gave it another coat. It ended up leaving a nice even sheen. I am in Heaven, seriously, this product may change my life. Now, for heavier use, I would go with a traditional wood wax, or for really heavy use, I’d go with a polyurethane, lacquer, or water based polyurethane, but for something like this, this spray worked perfectly. And it is only $5.99 per bottle! (not including shipping)
So, for the review. I absolutely loved the ease and finish of the Krylon Chalky Finish spray paint. Great product! The cons really have to do with availability and price. If I had bought three cans online, at $17 each, along with paying $15 for the piece itself, and the several hours of time put into it, let’s just say, there’s no profit in it for the person who de-uglied it. (boo hoo, that be me) If you can find this product at a store it retails for $10. That price is still a little high for me, considering I ended up using three cans, but many places, Michaels, JoAnn Fabrics, and Hobby Lobby for example, have a 40-50% coupon and I would say, if they end up stocking this paint, go get yourself some. I sure hope to eventually find this paint locally, because I really did like it.
I loved the Goddards products, I have tried several now for my wood AND painted pieces and the quality is fantastic. I have never used a nicer furniture polish, and that wax spray will be my go-to for my jewelry boxes especially.
I also really liked the Sculpwood, and will definitely be purchasing this in the future, they even have a product that you can mold like clay, and then when it cures, you can sand and shape it. There are so many times I could have used something like that. Now to find the piece…..
All in all, with the exception of the availability issues with the Krylon paint, I’d have to say all of these products are a win, go give them a try for yourself.
And now, a warning. If you see a man in the FM area running around with a number 3 mustache/beard combo… just to be safe, you better keep your goats in the house.
Just a personal note, I know I haven’t been very active on any of my social media sites or blog lately. If I can be honest, I’m experiencing a little amount of work/business/home burnout, and haven’t fully recovered. I just want you all to know that I haven’t disappeared, and I am still very proud of my little side business. Thanks for your support, patience and for accepting me and my business as I am.
Thanks for reading!