Turning wood into porcelain

by brae  

I took an unfinished EuroMini's wood tub and did my best to make it look like porcelain.  I made the towels, scrubbie and bottle label (purchased bottle), originally shown in the Newport bath cabinet.

I've made wood look like porcelain before, with the Newport kitchen sink, but that was easy compared to this particular project.  I think it was so difficult this time because the unfinished wood tub wasn't in the best shape to begin with.  Had I wanted to turn it into an old rusted tub, it would have been much easier.

I painted the base with Bittersweet Chocolate by Americana, followed by a light coat of Delta Ceramcoat satin varnish.  That was the easy part.

To get the white porcelain finish, I first spackled the best I could to fill in the more obvious defects.  I then painted numerous generous layers of white acrylic paint to build up the brightness and even out the surface.  In between each layer, I sanded the paint down to a completely smooth surface.  Once I had the best finish possible, I put on two coats of Americana Triple Thick Gloss Glaze, letting the first coat dry overnight before adding the second.

The inside is still a little rough since there was only so much I could do with a flat bottom tub, but the outer surface and the overhang turned out as I had hoped.

I plan to add dual faucets, though I'll transform them from brass into brushed nickel.  :D


Comment from: Christine [Visitor]  
That is absolutely brilliant! It looks just like porcelain. I thought you must have found some amazing product to make it easy but good old elbow grease is obviously still the best thing to use. Well done.
05/16/11 @ 23:24
Comment from: Pepper [Visitor]  
I faced the same problem making my first bath. I formed it it fimo and then sprayed it with radiator enamel in the end http://www.plasti-kote.co.uk/Product/pcode---4302/ The gloss glaze certainly gives it the perfect finish. Looks very realistic =0)
05/17/11 @ 00:47
Comment from: Lara [Visitor]
I love how the bath turned out! It just looks like porcelain. You must have been very busy with it, all those coats of paint and sanding it again... Well done.
05/17/11 @ 00:54
Comment from: craftland [Visitor]
The bathtub looks like enamel. A lot of work has become very nice though.
05/17/11 @ 03:49
Comment from: Keli Minick [Visitor]
05/17/11 @ 04:57
Comment from: heather [Visitor]
This looks great! You did a great job. I've wanted to try a farmhouse sink out of wood or clay. Your making me think it will work in wood!
05/17/11 @ 08:56
Comment from: brae [Member]
Thanks, everyone! Pepper - my clay sink attempt was so sad. :[ Heather - click the link above about the Newport kitchen sink...I built that one out of wood. I am sure you could make a farmhouse sink out of wood.
05/17/11 @ 12:41
Comment from: Lyssa [Visitor]
It looks so nice! And such a *simple* fix. I was expecting something a bit more complicated. I think you definitely got the porcelain look though!!
05/17/11 @ 12:42
Comment from: MiniMaker [Visitor]
Fantastic job!
05/17/11 @ 12:49
Comment from: Julie [Visitor]
just wonderful!!! you do amazing detail work ya know :o)!!!
05/19/11 @ 09:55
Comment from: brae [Member]
Thanks so much! :>>
05/20/11 @ 08:49
Comment from: Phyllis Bull [Visitor]
Where did you get the wooden tub and base?
04/01/15 @ 21:10
Comment from: brae [Member]
To be honest, I can't recall where it was purchased. EuroMini's is no longer in business, but you can still find these in dollhouse shops and on eBay from time to time.
04/02/15 @ 07:11

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