|Forum topic by TravisNW||posted 02-06-2014 03:54 PM||1633 views||0 times favorited||9 replies|
02-06-2014 03:54 PM
I’m nearing completion on 2 poplar/walnut nightstands and have been struggling with what color of stain or dye to go with. I’ve run a few tests with GF vintage cherry dye stain, as well as GF shaker maple & antique cherry water based stains, but I’m finding that each stain doesn’t allow the walnut to show through as much as I’d like. I’m using CN’s blotch control, so the stain lays down fairly well. Below is a picture of one of the nightstands before I put a half-round on all of the edges. I unfortunately do not have pictures of my test pieces, but can provide those when I get home from work.
Most of the furniture in our bedroom is dark which is why I’m not just laying down a coat of poly and calling it good, however I don’t want to obscure the walnut too much. I like the red tint that the cherry stains have, but am not opposed to going with a new color all together if I can find one that allows the walnut to show. Possibly a pecan or amber color?
I’m also playing with the idea of adding a small amount of dye directly to my semi-gloss GF polyacryilic to see if I can tint it to my licking and just use that instead of a stain, but I’ve never experimented with that and am unsure what the outcome might be.
I’m really just looking for suggestions from everyone on how you might go about darkening up the poplar a bit, without hiding the walnut strips. I’m hoping someone on the forum has some experience with these wood combo’s and was looking for the same result.