I've just finished building my first project and am all ready to crack open the paint, varnish and stain but before I start I was just looking for a bit of guidance.
The project is a chunky, free standing kitchen workstation, approx 1000 x 600mm, that I built for my baking-mad other half. The idea is she can have her enormous mixer, cook books, utensils, etc all stored in one place, along with a few other bits and pieces.
The whole thing is made of whitewood (softwood) and has a big chunky butchers block type top, made from random lengths of the wood cut and then glued back together to create a work surface.
Our thoughts are to stain and mat varnish the top to show off the grain and the fact it's made of lots of different pieces. It won't be used as an actual butchers block but needs to withstand spills, etc hence the varnish coating.
The frame will be painted with emulsion (latex) paint, possibly distressed, and maybe given a coat of matt varnish for extra protection.
So far I have sanded it all down and my thoughts are:
1, A coat of sanding sealer all over and a rub down with 320 grit paper.
2, A few coats of a medium stain and a couple of coats of matt varnish on the top, rubbing down between coats.
3, A few coats of a matt paint (colour to be decided) and possibly a couple of coats of matt varnish to add extra protection, again rubbing down between each coat if needed.
Sorry to waffle but this is a gift to my other half and my first project so the pressure is on not to spoil it with the finish.
Any advice welcome.