How would you paint a reproduction yew bookcase?

This bookcase is in the bathroom and I want to paint it white.
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  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Oct 05, 2015
    What is on the bookcase now?
    • Gloria donaldson Gloria donaldson on Oct 05, 2015
      The original polish. Do you think I could just use primer then paint? Or should I sand it first?
  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Oct 05, 2015
    The sanding depends if there are any flaws in the piece and how much paint or stain is on the piece.If this is none of the above then prime anyway so your paint goes on evenly.
  • Z Z on Oct 05, 2015
    A good cleaning with Klean-Strip® Tri-Sodium Phosphate Substitute first would be my recommended prep to make sure the paint adheres properly. Once that's dry than either prime and paint or use a quality prime and paint mix.
  • The Redesign Habit The Redesign Habit on Oct 07, 2015
    You have the option of either cleaning good with a quality stripper and then prime and paint or sand if you need to and then prime and paint. If you use a good brand you could probably get away with the primer/paint mix. Be sure you clean it good though or the oil from the polish can just continue to bleed through your new paint job, coat after coat.
  • Judi Poland-Stotler Judi Poland-Stotler on Oct 08, 2015
    chalk paint works on nearly any surface. There are multiple brands of chalk paint available even at Walmart. You don't need to prime the surface, just clean and paint. Once dry, use one of the various wax or acrylic finishes and you have a "new" bookcase. Chalk paint is very forgiving as well...before it "cures", it can be wiped off with a damp cloth.
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    • Judi Poland-Stotler Judi Poland-Stotler on Oct 08, 2015
      Annie Sloan chalk paint is from the UK...don't be fooled by the cost. It is expensive if you think of it compared to a regular paint, but a little goes a long way! I painted an entire buffet with less than a half cup! It dries Matt but when you seal it depending on what you choose you can get a slight shine up to a gloss finish if you really put some elbow grease into buffing the wax. Glad to help. 😊