Finishing Your New Bookcases
Geitgey’s Amish Country Furnishing and Creative Paints have teamed up
to help you save money on furniture you need for your home. During this
promotion you can save two ways. You’ll save money when you purchase
the discounted unfinished bookcases from us and save when you purchase
your finishing supplies from Creative Paints using the discount coupon we’ll
Finishing your new bookcases involves 4 easy steps:
Start by completely disassembling everything you can. Remove all
shelves that aren’t permanently attached. From the back of the bookcase,
remove the screws that hold on the back and remove the back.
Lightly sand all pieces with 150 grit Aluminum Oxide sandpaper,
purchased from Creative Paints. Sand in the same direction that the grain
runs. Smooth any rough edges, press or handling marks, scuff marks etc.
You’re now ready to stain.
Flat panels like shelves and backs are easiest to stain and finish laying
flat. A pair of saw horses works great to lay the panels flat and at a
comfortable work height. If you have chosen to finish your bookcases in
the “natural” color of the wood, you can proceed to the FINISHING step. If
you are staining your bookcases, you can choose any of our standard stains
from our color samples or purchase any of the OLD MASTERS STAINS
from Creative Paints. Old MASTERS STAINS come in 15 pre mixed colors
and can be custom mixed if you’re trying to match other furniture or wood
work. Stain may be brushed on, rolled on or applied with a rag. The method
doesn’t matter. Apply the stain to one section at a time and wipe off the
excess. If the stain starts to dry before you get a section done, you’re trying
to stain too big of an area. If the stain dries too quickly, you can re-wet the
area with stain and wipe down again. Finish by wiping each board and panel
in the direction of the grain paying close attention to remove excess from
corners, edges, nooks and crannies. After the shelves and back dry, you can
turn them over and stain the other side. The bookcase itself is best stained
standing up straight. Start by staining the inside and working from top to
bottom then the outside again working top to bottom. After all the stained
pieces have dried, inspect and correct any stain problems you find.
While there are many wonderful finishes available today, one old
standard remains the logical choice for home application because of the ease
of application and consistent results and that is Polyurethane varnish.
Creative Paints offers both oil based and water based polyurethanes from
Coronado in sheens from dull to glossy. Purchase either the
POLYURETHANE LIQUID PLASTIC or AQUA PLASTIC URETHANE
along with short knap rollers and a good varnish brush from Creative. Don’t
scrimp on the brush. A good brush made specifically for varnish application
is the secret to a good finish job. The helpful folks at Creative can be trusted
to assist you in making the right choices! Follow the directions on the can
for application using the same lay out used during staining. Plan on applying
3 coats to each surface. Allow each coat to dry following the re-coating
instructions on the can. Lightly sand between coats using 320 grit sandpaper
from Creative Paints to smooth the finish and provide a good bond between
coats. Be sure to allow adequate time for the finish to dry and cure. A day or
two is usually sufficient. After all pieces are finished and dry, you’re ready
to reassemble your bookcase.
Re-attach the back using the screws removed in Step 1. Now it is safe to
carry and move the bookcase to the desired location in your house. Install
the movable shelves using the shelf pins provided. Now the best part,
confidently enjoy many years of service from you bookcase. Confident
that you own a well built, Amish made bookcase. Confident that you got a
great deal from Geitgey’s Amish Country Furnishings and saved money by
finishing it yourself with a discount from Creative Paints.