We are under renovations and I wanted a rustic look for my kitchen island, so we chose a pine shiplap. That said, our contractor painted the island with a lacquer, so it doesn't show the grain at all and it looks more like MDF with a couple knots. Is there a way to sand down or wire brush it safely to help bring out a more textured, natural look? The island is a sage green and we like the colour, but want to find a way to make it more matte, bringing out some of the grain. Any thoughts or suggestions on what we might be able to do would be appreciated.
There is no easy way to do what you want. Ask the contractor what type of paint/stain he used. If its nitrocellulose lacquer (not post cad, which is very hard ) you maybe able to remove some of it with lacquer thinner/acetone combo. This is very flammable and not recommended for indoors. If its water base then its some type of paint remover that works on the finish , then wash it off with tsp (while wet) or similar sanding as you go with wet/dry or scotch pads (green pot scrubbers)use brown if you can find them and whip dry.This should give you a green wash that you can play with and top coat clear. Be advised that this is tricky with a veneered board you may sand throw the top or swell the board.
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