Tutorial Videos


16 Responses to Tutorial Videos

  1. Kathleen Herman says:

    On youtube I watched a video where you stained painted furniture to age it using Minwax Walnut stain. Did you have a wax finish over the paint on that video before you added the stain? In the video it wiped off so easily and I just wanted to check before I try this technique. I used Fiddes & Sons dark wax and it went on very much like a permanent stain and there was no removing it once it hit the paint. Thanks for the info.

  2. Deana says:

    I’m not sure which video you are referring too, but usually I don’t put any wax on the furniture first. It is best to do this technique over a gloss finish because a flat paint will suck up the stain. In one video I paint an armoire with a crackle finish. If you watched that video I did use a wax first because I wanted a very, very subtle look with the dark stain. I used Howard’s bees wax.

  3. Bill says:

    What type of primer do you use to spray with?

  4. Deana says:

    I use many different kinds, it just depends on what I am using as a top coat. I most frequently use Sherwin Williams multi-purpose primer.

  5. Mary Ann says:

    Do you have any tutorials on stripping furniture and then staining rather than painting? Have some cherry wood I’d love to refinish with a “not so red” finish! Thanks!

  6. Deana says:

    Mary Ann, I have this tutorial on youtube that shows the process of refinishing a table top https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fx3EP9ljNRk and the following link is to a blog post that has written instructions and the products used http://www.alchemyfineliving.com/blog/2013/04/how-to-refinish-mahogany-table-top-2/

  7. Niki says:

    Hi Deana. Can you provide some insight on the actual brand and model number of spray gun(s) that you use. There are sooo many on the market and it’s difficult to know which ones are good quality. Thanks!

  8. Jason says:

    When you use the paint sprayer, how do you prep the primer and/or paint? Do you thin down first before using or just spray straight out of the can? If so how much and with what? Great tutorial videos!

  9. Deana says:

    Hi Jason, most of the paints I use from Sherwin Williams do not require any thinning. If the paint or primmer does require thinning I add a little bit of water (I use water based paints almost exclusively). How much really depends on the product, the weather, the color… there are many different factores. It’s really just a matter of trial and error. I’ve been doing this so long I can see how much thinning it needs just by looking at it.

  10. Jessie G. says:

    Hi Deana,
    You used to have a video on YouTube as to how to set up your sprayer but i can’t seem to find it anymore‚Ķ I have a sprayer like yours and want to try using house paints, Latex. I read about thinning, and i’ll play with that to get the right amount of paint.
    But I was curious if you use a regulator or an inline filter for your sprayer?

  11. Deana says:

    Hi Jessie, I do have a regulator at the end of my air hose, just before the gun. There is also a filter and a regulator on my air compressor.

  12. Alan says:

    I do love your vids I have started refurbing old furniture over in the UK England and been trying to find advice. brushing takes to long and the results are not very good. may I ask what sort of air compressor you use and how powerful it needs to be or what would be really helpful is a link to a full spay kit on ebay as I don’t really know where to start when it comes to buying the equipment. did look at where you buy your water based paint but its in the usa. what sort of water based paint is best to cover darker woods is it latex? or can you use any water based primer? thanks for any advice it would be a great help. hope you keep the vids coming I enjoy watching them :) Alan

  13. Darlene says:

    I’m wanting to purchase a paint sprayer for furniture. What do i need to look for in a paint sprayer?

    Thanks in advance,


  14. Deana says:

    Hi Darlene, check out this article I wrote on the different guns that I have used http://www.alchemyfineliving.com/blog/husky-hvlp-spray-gun/

  15. Deana says:

    Hi Alan, this article might be helpful for you. I discuss the different spray guns that I have used. http://www.alchemyfineliving.com/blog/husky-hvlp-spray-gun/ I have a 100 gallon air compressor,but it’s really not necessary to have something that large. I think 50 gallons would do the trick. The type of paint used varies so much depending on the type of wood. For woods like mahogany I use a shellac based primer. If something has cigarette stains I use an oil based primmer. I also use an acrylic or enamel top coat though.