This Old Erie House
By Linda Martin Community Blogger
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Posts tagged ‘garnet shellac’
Posted: February 12th, 2010

Thursday: Feb 12, 2010

I’m having a heck of a time refinishing the woodwork in my house because it is oak with deep grain and pore patterns. Either you have to use a grain filler or you have to put on lots of coats of shellac and sand it back until the pores are filled or it looks really cheap. I’ve been doing the latter. It’s been a battle on all the window woodwork, the colonnade, and the stairs. I tried grain filler before and it was so much more work because it dried like cement. I even tried using a watered-down plaster mix for the filler but it didn’t take the stain well and the one window has a “pickled” look to the grain. It would work well for something painted that needed the grain to be filled and it certainly was cheap! I’ll have to redo that one at some point because it isn’t painted.

I saw a commercial for Timbermate on YouTube and ordered some. It came yesterday and was frozen solid and hidden in a snow drift that developed on my porch. I didn’t hear the doorbell ring. But right on the package it says it is not affected by being frozen, thank goodness. Hopefully I’ll get to another of the baseboards this weekend so I can try it out. I’m moving right along on my projects but at a snail’s pace.

I also received my quart of satin Waterlox so I can top coat my baseboards to cut the (garnet dewaxed shellac) shine to a satin finish. I have “Shellac Flat” but I like the way Waterlox dries so slowly and evenly for my top coat plus the extra protection it will give for spills and other accidents that may happen (we have cats.)

Hopefully soon, I’ll have some photos to show you how good it turned out (or not.)

Posted: January 20th, 2010

Today my floor finish arrived by UPS. I ran out doing the living room and wasn’t able to start on the dining room. It’s taking more than I thought. In the meantime I’m working on the baseboards that are removed. The big 14ft x 8-inch oak baseboard is now in my dining room on some plastic-covered furniture being finished in garnet shellac. It’s taking a lot of coats to get the deep garnet color to match the woodwork I’ve already done. I’m having lots of problems keeping a wet edge because of the length of the board. It’s too bad I like dark woodwork because using clear would be so easy. I have to let it sit a day after several coats to sand it level to get rid of any “mistakes” that happen, then apply some careful top coats. I’ll sure be glad when this big one is done. I’ll be glad to just get this one room done. I’m not seeing the light at the end of the tunnel yet. But does it ever get done? I keep changing my mind of paint color and putting in more electrical outlets, maybe a new mantle because this one isn’t the original (there are ghost lines of where the original was.) I fear I’ll be too old to enjoy it when it’s done.

Posted in: baseboards
Posted: July 2nd, 2009

Please see the previous posts to see more before photos.

After much sweat and work, the porch floor was getting sanded clean of more than 8 decades of paint.


Starting to sand. Read the rest of this entry »