What Makes our Furniture Different
At Chrissie's Collection the focus of our business is our painted furniture. Our painting process is labor intensive, it is not the easy way to paint furniture but we believe it is the best way. Our pieces are made to last. We like to say that we do not paint furniture, we refinish furniture with paint ! It is our hope that you can see and feel the difference.
The first step is to start with quality pieces. We absolutely will not paint anything made of plastic or pressboard. All of the pieces purchased through Chrissie's Collection are 100% wood, quality constructed pieces. You can expect drawers that are made of hardwood, open and close properly and have dove tailed joints.
Most of our pieces are completely stripped of existing finishes. Prepping the pieces in this fashion provides the best foundation for the new finish, eliminates surface flaws and allows for smooth and durable finished product. When we finish pieces in this way we refer to it as our "Professional Finish". When we opt for a heavily distressed look (where flaws accentuate the character of the piece) , while we ALWAYS sand, we would not completely remove the existing finish. There are also times when the existing finish is in very nice condition, again we would still sand but only for the purpose of adhesion. When we finish pieces without completely stripping/sanding we refer to that as our "Preservation Finish".
After sanding the new wood needs to be sealed. We prime with 2 coats of oil, vinyl or shellac based primer. In between each coat we hand sand. The result is a smooth, even base on which to apply the paint.
The next step is to apply color. We are proud to say, after months of training with the products and upgrading our shop equipment, that we now use commercial grade, solvent based finishes for our pieces done in our "Professional Finish". The same products used by top brand furniture and cabinet makers. We are constantly striving to improve our finished product!
After applying the color it is time for the special finishes. Glazing, staining and distressing happen here. We love to add something special to each piece! This can be a very time consuming step.
As a final step we seal each piece with a clear sealer for a smooth finished look. Once again sanding between each coat for smoothness and durability. The result is a unique, one of kind piece that you can enjoy for years to come.
Thanks so much for your interest in our painting process!