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Forum topic by Wingstress posted 04-28-2010 04:07 AM 1296 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-28-2010 04:07 AM

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I’m trying to recreate a wedding invitation, but out of wood. I’d wanted to use some water based dyes because I really don’t want to muck up the grain. But, its white and I can’t find a dye that would make the color I’m looking for. Any suggestions? Thanks

-- Tom, Simsbury, CT

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#1 posted 04-28-2010 04:15 AM

i pickled a new mission bed this zillion rich lady bought ,

way trouble to strip it ,

wound up scuff sanding it ,
and washing it with white latex paint .
( a cheap house paint i had ) ,

then lacquered over that .

she loved it !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#2 posted 04-28-2010 04:22 AM

Why not buy some high quality white holly and do it in natural wood? You can edge glue the holly to make the size you need. Put crystal clear finish on it and your done.

-- Oldworld, Fair Oaks, Ca

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#3 posted 04-28-2010 04:31 AM

I thought about that. I have a tiny piece of holly, but not enough. A quick search of ebay didn’t show me that much of a selection. Does Holly “yellow” with age? Do you know of a good website to buy holly? Thanks

-- Tom, Simsbury, CT

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#4 posted 04-28-2010 04:42 AM


-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#5 posted 04-28-2010 01:44 PM

Try Oxalic Acid AKA (wood bleach) check your local pharmacy for it. Use rubber or nitrile gloves also.

-- Larry "Work like a Captain but Play like a Pirate!"

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#6 posted 04-28-2010 02:45 PM

Toolz beat me to it.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#7 posted 04-28-2010 04:42 PM

I’ve had good luck making a white wash with 1 part white paint and 5 parts water. Wood bleach kind of scares me, tbh.

-- Lis - Michigan - -

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