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Posted on I need help identifying how this buffet was finished.

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#1 posted 08-01-2011 09:57 PM

Jim – it looks like it’s old wood, what with the pits/nail holes and all. The stains around the holes might be tough to reproduce, but the rest of it shouldn’t be too hard. I’ve never done any distressing, but it’s common enough (google “how to distress wood” etc). Usually this involved whacking it with chains :-)

The rest of the texture comes from not removing mill marks. The top looks like it has marks from a large circular saw/table saw. various other members have ripples remaining from a power jointer or planer. So this means, keep sanding to a minimum. There’s tearout too – probably from the planing. They don’t appear to have removed it either by sanding or filling.

The color comes from a variety of stains, as they indicate further down the page. The names of these will vary from brand to brand, but you can test them out on scrap. I’d start with something that has a medium brown with reddish orange tint to it – like “cherry” stains often do. It doesn’t look like they’re using a sealer first, since I observe some stain blotches, which might help give it a more rough look.

Finally, the top coat itself. This is most likely a sprayed on finish, not sure what kind. They’re armoire has some close up pics that show it better. I’ve seen it extensively on store bought furniture though. In my opinion this finish looks too modern and is at odds with the design and construction of the piece. Shellac, just oil and wax, even a few thin coats of wiping varnish would all provide a more authentic or rustic look to the whole thing.

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