Below is a copy of an article that I posted a few years back. It was one of many that was lost when my website vanished into thin air. I was able to recover it, thankfully, using the way back machine. I thought it was one of my more helpful posts. It seemed worth saving and sharing again. Here it is:
Are you having trouble painting a piece of Mahogany? Does your white paint job keep turning pink? Read on and find out how to solve that problem.
Mahogany is very rich in tannins, which is an acidic substance that seeps from the wood’s pores. Long after the tree has been cut and turned into a piece of furniture these tannins will continue to be released. That is why your piece of mahogany furniture will turn pink even after several coats of white paint. Cedar and redwood are other examples of woods that are rich in tannins. Painting these types of wood is not impossible, but it does take a few special steps.
Clean it Using Tri-Sodim Phosphate, commonly called TSP, scrub the piece of furniture to remove grease, dirt and grim. If the piece you are planing on painting is raw, unfinished wood skip this step.
Sand it Using 220 grit sand paper sand in the direction of the wood grain. Sand enough to smooth the surface and create a tooth for the paint to adhere to.
Prime it This is the most critical step in the process. Without the proper primmer you will never, ever achieve a perfect white finish. The trick to properly sealing and blocking all stains is to use a shellac based primer. I love Sherwin Williams White Pigmented Shellac Primer. It usually only takes one coat to get excellent coverage and a perfect base for paint.
Below are photographs of a gorgeous antique buffet that I painted for a client. This solid piece of furniture was made from mahogany. It painted up beautifully if I do say so myself.
Below is a video I created that shows the process of painting a mahogany dining chair. The video goes through all the necessary steps, from start to finish, to create the perfect painted finish on a piece of furniture.
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My mom is a DIY kind of gal. When I was a kid I remember trips to thrift stores, strolling the hardware store isles, and of course spending hours feeling fabric at the yardage shop. She was constantly transforming bargain buys into treasures for our home. With a fresh coat of paint or a new slipcover, she gave old furniture new life. We have always enjoyed being creative together and in 2008 we turned our hobby and passion into a business.
Alchemy fine living is a creative business. We offer furniture painting services, upholstery, and custom slipcovers. We also sell a few hand crafted items on Etsy.
I'm Deana, the author of this blog. My mom, Connie, taught me from a young age how to spot a deal at a flea market or a thrift shop. She could always spot the hidden potential of an old, worn out piece of furniture. I learned to sew when I was four years old and all through the years I helped my mom with DIY projects around the house.
In 2008 she & I turned our hobby into a business. We re-do old furniture and hand craft items for sale in our Etsy store. For those who, like us, love to DIY we offer lots of tips and advice in our tutorial videos. We also offer furniture painting, upholstery, and sewing services for those who don't want to tackle the project themselves.