Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Ugly Bowl Tutorial

I promise all you need are these two products (plus your favorite color paint, sandpaper and a little elbow grease) The top jar is wood filler and the bottom is my new favorite BRIWAX! I told you I'm putting this on everything in the house!
I found this bowl last summer - '08 at a garage sale and bought it with the intention of sanding it down and making it prim. The leaves are painted on, but the edges of the leaves are also wood burned into the bowl. After sanding for what seemed like ages to remove the varnish and sand out the woodburned indentations I gave up. Not to be outdown by a wooden bowl, I began to think about a different technique to finish this off.




I covered the leaves with the wood filler and let it dry. Then sanded the wood filler smooth.





One sparse coat of black spray paint to help the brushed on paint adhere better.


The brown paint I used - just one coat is all you really need. Let this dry overnight and then sand where you would see the wear.



Now comes my favorite part - the BRIWAX. I will tell you that I think that there is a learning curve to using this product. I found that if you rub too much you will take off the coats below - not good. Stop rubbing when you notice a little friction, put more on your cloth and continue on. I do small areas a time, rubbing in small circles.

Now I must share with you the cost of this beauty. It was 5 cents at the garage sale! Add in the wood filler, paint and Briwax and you have a very inexpensive redo. Next time you see a wood bowl that you think is beyond saving, think again. I've done this to 2 bowls and they've both turned out terrific.



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10 comments:

  1. Ann,
    What a great idea to use the wood filler to cover the leaves ~ I probably would have tried paint & they would have shown thru. Another great tip from a fellow blogger. Thanks! I wouldn't be without my briwax ~ this is the best stuff for finishing wood I've ever used.
    Thanks again,
    Pam

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  2. WOW - Your bowl looks great and what a great idea to use wood filler. You are so clever...I so need to try that Briwax, but will have to wait. Thanks for sharing!!

    ~Lisa

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  3. Great job on the bowl, Ann! Wood filler is genius!

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  4. Beautiful bowl Ann!
    Glad you said how to use the Briwax...we tried ours today on a candle sconce and wipes it off almost immediately and off came some of the paint as well.
    I'm going to have to get the technique down before working on something 'good'.
    Karen

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  5. I love that bowl. It will look great with some pretties in it.

    I can't seem to find Briwax in my neck of the woods but I could probably order it.

    Blessings

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  6. looks great.. have you tried using a heat gun to take the varnish off? I wonder if that would be easier then sanding and sanding and sanding... Just an idea.. Thank you for sharing.

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  7. Great re-do - so prim now -Thanks for the tips Ann

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  8. I like how the bowl looks with the Briwax,
    I will have to find some.

    Bear Hugs~Karen

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  9. DEAR ANN,
    HI. I'M DEBBIE, A NEWBIE TO YOUR BLOG AND I LOVE IT. IT MAKES ME SICK TO THINK OF THE WOODEN BOWLS I HAVE PASSED UP---SHAME ON ME.
    I JOINED YOUR BLOG AS I THINK I CAN LEARN ALOT FROM YOU.
    I HAVEN'T BEEN BLOGGING MUCH AS MY HUSBAND AND I HAVE BEEN TAKING CARE OF OUR ONLY DAUGHTER, 33 YEARS OLD, AND SHE WON HER VICTORY AND THE LORD ALLOWED HER TO GO HOME ON OCT. 23, 2009 AT 1012. WE HAVE ONE SON AND A DAUGHTER IN LOVE....I CANNOT TELL YOU OF THE PAIN OF MISSING HER. SHE WAS MY LIGHT OF EVERY HOLIDAY. WE ALWAYS DECORATED TOGETHER AND I JUST DON'T KNOW.....IT SEEMS TO GET HARDER THAN EASIER.
    IT WAS SO NICE TO MEET YOU AND I LOOK FORWARD TO YOU DROPPING BY AND VISITING ME. I WOULD BE HONORED IF YOU JOINED MY BLOG BUT IF NOT, THEN MAYBE WE COULD BE FRIENDS.
    ANGEL HUGS
    DEBBIE

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  10. Hi,

    Oh I'm so excited you just answered my question that I was going to put out on my blog to anyone you prim gals who enjoy the redo of wooden bowls. I have many that I've been finding but now where do I buy that briwax stuff?
    thanks
    Lisa
    www.primroseparlor.blogspot.com

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