|Forum topic by SLM800||posted 06-06-2016 06:14 AM||452 views||0 times favorited||3 replies|
06-06-2016 06:14 AM
I just had a black walnut dining table made however the finish did not come out exactly as I had requested and am looking for some assistance from wood experts on how to get back to the finish that I liked before it was messed with. As a disclaimer, I’m not sure what the woodworker did to the top after the first pic so I can’t say what is on it (of which was just 2 coats of walnut stain I believe), other than several coats of semi gloss clear coat.
My question is, compared to what I have now, how do I get back to this original photo? Can I just strip it and re-stain to get that look? Do I just strip off the clear coat and sand? Do I have to completely sand down the top to rid all of the stain and start fresh, etc? Or is it just not possible at all to get back to this original look?
The characteristics I liked to this first photo were the richness to the color (warm toned) and the contrast to the lighter areas of the wood. Currently, the wood looks cooler in tone and “faded” to me and not as rich and deep as previously, as well as the fact that all the contrast to the lighter areas of the wood are “muddied”. However I believe just adding another coat of stain (after stripping the clear), it would make it too dark and not bring out the contrast. Any advise would be appreciated.
Original photo of what I wanted:
What I currently have: