Video: Creating a charred and painted finishMark's applies an unusual finish to his wall shelves; first scorching the surface with a torch and then painting to create a one of a kind surface.
My finish for the shelves combines burning and painting. I scorch the raw wood with a plumber’s torch and follow that with a soft wire brush to remove the loose soot from the burned surfaces. After blowing the shelf clean with compressed air, I apply three coats of white milk paint.
Once the paint is dry, I sand the beaded surface, taking strokes along the length of the shelf, first with 150-grit paper and then 220. This leaves the paint in the valleys between the beads but sands it away on the high spots, revealing the charred wood and creating a nice graphic effect. After blowing the shelf clean again, I spray on three or four coats of a clear matte acrylic lacquer.