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Forum topic by austin350s10 posted 02-02-2017 01:35 PM 462 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-02-2017 01:35 PM

Topic tags/keywords: walnut finishing shaker

I’m working on a shaker style walnut bathroom vanity and looking for advice on a good finish. I love the natural look of walnut so I’m not interested in trying to change the color. Also, I don’t like a shiny finish.

Basically, when you wet a piece of sanded walnut, that is the finished look I’m going after. I don’t have a ton of experience with finishing and with the added complexity of the finished piece being located in a damp environment, I would really like some guidance. This is an expensive project for me and I’d really like to do it right the first time.

If anyone is open to sharing a detailed process for finishing this piece that would be great. Pics would also be amazing!

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#1 posted 02-02-2017 02:37 PM

Satin wiping varnish will give you the look you want and some durability in a moisture prone environment like a bathroom.

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#2 posted 02-02-2017 02:41 PM

I’m a big fan of the Maloof poly-oil / poly wax approach. It leaves the walnut very natural looking, but protected.

-- “If Jesus had been killed twenty years ago, Catholic school children would be wearing little electric chairs around their necks instead of crosses.” ― Lenny Bruce

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