I've made a medal holder with pine timber to hang up in my bedroom. I want to paint it in a shade of white. What kind of paint should I use? I don't need much: it's a small metal holder.
Can I use any kind of brush?
Can you please confirm the item is all timber (not metal)? And can you let us know what kind of finish you are wanting? Perhaps very glossy or just a matte finish? That will determine what type of paint to use and how best to apply it.
I had no idea I had to think about all this. Good that I've asked.
The medal holder is all pine timber: the only metal parts are the screws.
Not sure which one would look better between glossy and matte. Can u provide indications for both? I'll test both on an offcut.
Note that the holder is small, I don't need tons of color.
As for brushes I'm also considering a small electric sprayer: any suggestion?
@Jason thanks for the mention. @ventodimare I like painting on pine - especially if it's smooth and finished pine as paint takes to it really well. You only need a small brush if it's a small set of shelves - a 25mm brush will do the job. And a very small pot of paint - if you get a half litre that will easily do this project and you can keep it in case you want to do other things. If you want a sharp gloss finish, then two coats of oil-based full gloss will look great. Oil-based takes longer to dry but gives a better finish in my opinion - leave a day between coats. With pine though, I like a distressed, vintage sort of look, which is easy to achieve and seems a nice way to display medals. Just get a water-based matt white and do one decent coat. Leave to dry and then sand it back very slightly with a smooth sand paper - 120 or 180. Sand until streaks of natural wood grain show through the white in small random patches - it has that shabby chic look. If you want to take that slightly further then go over the whole thing with a gloss varnish. Lots of fun to be had with paint!