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Forum topic by jdmaher posted 01-08-2016 04:29 PM 406 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-08-2016 04:29 PM

I haven’t agreed to anything, yet.

But the boss lady wants a refrigerator cabinet and she wants it colored. It’s kinda in fashion, and she hates the cheap oak cabinets we have in the kitchen as much as I do. Of course there’s the “worn” painted cabinet look, but what she says she really likes is “worn” stain – like the kitchen chairs – like the attached picture.

These chairs were purchased from Pottery Barn about 25 years ago, and the “wear” that you see was exactly what you see today. So, apparently some kinda semi-transparent stain?

Anybody know where I can find some instructions (book, video, etc.) on how to achieve this look?

As I say, I haven’t yet said “yes”. But she is Sicilian and in 45 years together I’ve never successfully managed to say “no”.

-- Jim Maher, Illinois

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#1 posted 01-08-2016 05:06 PM

I’d probably get a kit of colored aniline dye powders and start mixing and testing on scrap until I got the color that the boss desired. Make sure to document each recipe, a small digital scale works well with measuring the powders. You’ll want to topcoat your samples, because the dyes look dull and washed out until you do. You can sand the dye back to ‘wear’ it out, before you topcoat. I’ve not done colors like that, but you may have an easier time if you start with a lighter wood, like maple or ash.

-- - The mightiest oak in the forest is just a little nut that held its ground.

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#2 posted 01-08-2016 05:08 PM

I like the liquid Trans Tint, easier to measure, and can mix with alcohol wont raise the grain.

-- Knowledge and experience equals Wisdom, Michael Frankowski

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#3 posted 01-08-2016 09:04 PM

I have done quite a few projects like that. I use Transtints. Lots of ways to do it and i spray all of mine. Depending on the wood a base color by hand or spray. Do some lite sanding where it needs to show wear. Seal with 1/2# cut shellac toned with same color to blend and tone, 1# cut shellac sealer coat, apply top coat. Glazing can create some great antique effects also.

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