Live edge wood shelves is a task that is really simple enough in concept, but getting a good color job can be a daunting goal. Applying color flat, lateral and upright in the same structure creates a set of challenges, while the structure of the wood requires special considerations. Prep wood and plan color application to get a smooth finished product.
Fit the live edge wood countertops before painting. The color will add thickness to the shelves and change its structure, which makes them a little more moving. This may affect your ability to reassemble them if you paint bits while apart. Remove old paint, if desired, using gel paint remover. Follow the instructions on the strip container. Sand wood with a slab grinder. If you do not have peeled old paint, sand all tile areas of paint to make the edges of the paint smooth. This will prevent the edges of the old color showing through the layer of new color. Smooth front corner wood and spend some extra time grinding some areas that are rough or seem to be about to chip or chip.
Apply a layer of primer color to the entire set of live edge wood table. Keep the application of color as smooth and smooth as possible, but do not worry too much if the texture is imperfect; The point is to create an evenly colored palette for the best color layers. Let dry. Paint the undersides of the shelves. Leave these areas dry before proceeding so that you will not spoil mistakes touch the underside while painting other areas. If any color drops on top of the shelf below, level it out while it is still wet or wipe away with a damp cloth. Make the back and sides of the shelves (if any) when the underside is dry. Paint from bottom to top to prevent too much merging of paint on the bottom.
Paint the surface of the shelves if the products will be seated. Work color in cracks and slits in shelf. Paint the back, top and front shelf. Keep brush strokes parallel and work for the smoothest application of paint you can within these areas as they will be easiest to see. Give the color a second layer. Apply in the same order as you painted parts of shelves with the first layer. Roll the shelves with a 6-inch roll, again with a short handle if the space is limited. Wait at least eight hours for the surfaces to dry and apply a second layer. Wait at least 24 hours before placing anything on the shelves, and 72 hours or more before placing heavy objects back. Most color takes about a month to completely cure, so the longer it gets to dry before use, the better.