Monday, March 16, 2009

To Lacquer or Not to Lacquer?

While helping my friend this weekend, we talked about transforming some very dated looking furniture that was still in good shape just not very aesthetically pleasing. I suggested doing a lacquer finish and remembered seeing a simple How-To Guide in Domino. Here is what they had to say:

What is lacquer? - A super glossy furniture finish that can be clear or glossy. The practice started in ancient China and caught on in Europe during the 1600's.

Why Lacquer? - Its of-the-moment look will elevate a wood piece for plain to luscious and add glamour to any room.

What's involved? - Lacquering requires chemicals, sanding and multiple coats, a process which is best left to the pros.

Is there any kind of wood furniture you shouldn't lacquer? - Shiny finishes magnify imperfections, so poorly made or dented furniture might need extra prep work, such as sanding or painting.

Can I get the lacquer effect another way? - Some professional painters can spray a piece with a super high-gloss paint. For DIY, apply a brush-on lacquer like Minwax, but remember to wear a mask and ensure proper ventilation.

How do I find a professional? - Look in the yellow pages under furniture repair, restoration or refinishing, though word-of-mouth references are always best.

How much should it cost? - Expect to pay between $200 and $600 for a nightstand and $700 to $2,500 for a dining table. (Note: this process can take up to a month).


Abby said...

Lacquer is like makes everything great!

Lucinda said...