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.
Alchemy fine living is a creative business. My mom and I offer furniture painting services, simple upholstery, and custom slipcovers.
We have been painting furniture for clients for over a decade now. The two of us have been sewing our whole lives. We've sewn things like prom dresses and bathing suits, but back in 2008 we decided to focus our seamstress abilities on home decorative items; specifically custom made slipcovers.
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 offer furniture painting, upholstery, and sewing services.