How do I get an "Antique Black" stain

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Forum topic by goldfinger posted 08-18-2010 12:54 AM 928 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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08-18-2010 12:54 AM


I am having someone make a plate holder for a wall. I would to like have what looks like a “antique black” finish on it. From a distance it looks black but when you get up close to it you can see areas of reddish brown on it , which leads me to believe it is some type of really dark brown stain or some another type of dark stain. I see this same type of staining on antique reproductions of cabinets, plate holders, desks,etc

Can someone tell me how to get that same type of stain as I described?



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#1 posted 08-18-2010 01:20 AM

Depends on what type of wood you are using. If your using Walnut I suggest tea with steel wool, let sit 2-3 days for the steel to react to the tea to cause rust. This will give you the black color you are seeking.

-- I don't make mistakes, I have great learning lessons, Greg

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