Outline of Volume 2 of the Fine Furniture Finishing DVD's.


Includes an explanation of melamine coated boards for sample-making
The demonstrations on this tape include both start-to-finish projects, and some sample boards for faster presentations. Volume 2 assumes that viewers have seen the first tape, and therefore does not repeat information that was given on Volume 1.

First demonstration: Faux granite

Faux granite is an easy and fast finish in oil or water-based materials. It's sponge techniques also are used as the basis for many faux marbles, and for sponge-painted walls.

Includes sponge preparation, how to choose and mix colors for realistic effects (and how to change that for fantasy colors), and the order of application.

Second demonstration: Porcelain crackle, or cracquelure

A picture frame with mirror is used to show the application of these products which produce a delicate network of cracks for an easy, fast, and beautiful effect. This crackle, as well as the peeling paint effect in the next demonstration can be used in selected areas of larger projects for an antique effect.

Third demonstration: Crackle, or peeling paint

This is a different effect than the one above, this is more of a two-tone look where a base-coat color shows through a cracked top-coat. This can also be a subtle look like the porcelain crackle, or, can be much more bold. The differences are well detailed on the demonstration. Again, a very fast and easy effect that can be wonderful, especially when combined with other techniques like antiquing, pinstriping, stenciling, etc.

Also shown here: physical distressing, and the use of rottenstone for antiquing.

Fourth demonstration: Pinstriping, dragging, and stenciling

This is a great demonstration where an ugly dark pine chest of drawers is refinished with a light base coat, then gets combed on its sides, pinstriped on the front and top, and stenciled. This is a real trash into treasure result done in water-based materials that was a lot of fun.

Tools and techniques used here include: masking and pinstriping tapes, sword stripers and liner brushes, combs, single and multiple stencils, stencil brushes and materials.

Fifth demonstration: Floating faux marbles

Three styles of painted faux marbles are shown: positive, negative, and combination. Most viewers will be amazed with the options available, even many professionals are unfamiliar with these techniques. The results are beautiful, with an incredible depth of translucency and color.

Assorted tools and techniques are shown here, as well as the ideal surface for floated finishes.

Sixth demonstration: Faux tortoise-shell

Tortoise-shell is an elegant, but simple variation of a floated finish like the faux marbles above, ideally suited for small objects. This example uses typical colors, and mentions other variations.

Seventh demonstration: Rubbing and polishing finish coats

The mahogany chests that were varnished in Volume 1 are treated to the ultimate look in the world of finishes. Taken through successively finer steps, the results are a sumptuous smoothness, gloss, and depth. This is the perfect final look for a polished faux finish or to show off the color and figure work of any wood. It is neither difficult nor expensive to do, and takes much less time than most people would think.

Demonstrated are the differences in different gloss levels and fine grit sandpapers, pumice, rottenstone, rubbing and polishing compounds.

Closing: Words of wisdom

A finished piece is shown as an example of several different looks, and how to put your own looks together. After nearly five hours of instruction and example on these videotapes, viewers will have more knowledge and information than many week-long seminars or schools that are offered. (And they can use the Pause and Rewind buttons!)

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