Seeking help in replicating Knotty Alder Kitchen finish, Pics inside.

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Forum topic by Blackie_ posted 08-15-2011 01:02 AM 1616 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-15-2011 01:02 AM

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I am seeking help in replicating this Knotty Alder Kitchen Finish, can someone please tell me if I can get this from a glaze or would I need a stain? If it is a glaze then I’d need to know the mixtures and if stain then which one.


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#1 posted 08-17-2011 03:58 PM

Well, you would probably have better luck staining than you would glazing. Of course, I don’t like glazing so I am biased. Do you have a sample of this stain? Can you get it? Some paint stores and Big Box places will actually mix stain for you like the mix paint from a sample. You can also try some of the specialty places out there for stain. Mohawk maybe?

The other thing to do is just experiment. Get a couple of the easier to obtain stains samples that are close to it, some a little more red, some a little more brown, and play with it until you get it right. Do you know how to use a color wheel? The actuallu have them for browns also.

Of course, don’t forget dyes. You can dye your poly and recover by stripping if you mess up. LOTS of people do that.

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#2 posted 08-17-2011 04:00 PM

It looks to me like they might have done both. Perhaps a dye followed by a glaze? I’m no expert but I think you could replicate this look with a little testing (and a little help from the experts here). Good luck!

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#3 posted 08-17-2011 04:31 PM

The first trick is to use Knotty Alder. Then take a drawer front to your local stain retailer and have a custom match made. It’s actually quite simple. I don’t see any glaze.
After you have the stain then you must make test samples in order to get the right amount of stain on the Knotty Alder. I usually bracket 3 to 5 different combinations to find the best match.

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#4 posted 08-17-2011 05:13 PM

Ok great thanks for all the replies and help, the reason I asked this is I’m about to do a job and the lady wants this look with Alder.

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