|Forum topic by MsFixIt||posted 04-29-2014 10:09 PM||540 views||0 times favorited||1 reply|
04-29-2014 10:09 PM
I’m starting – attempting rather – to build a radiator cover. I saw the prices and thought, umm, no. I have a customer “metal” cover on this radiator right now but all the furniture (tables, etc) are all WOOD. So I got the idea to do my own. I’m fairly handy. Own – and fixed/maintained – my own (old) house for 17 years – and I’m not afraid to try things.
My first issue is …. what would you suggest as the best (and nicest but not too expensive) wood be for this project. I also assume I should keep it all the same wood. That is my preference as I want to stain it and I want it to be uniform (and tips on doing a proper staining job would be appreciated).
Also, as all my other furniture was purchased, I worry about finding the right color stain. Each piece was listed as “cherry” but this is no way the same “cherry” as is listed on a Minwax. Truthfully, it looked more like “Bombay Mahogany” (a dark red/brown – where the main base color is a brown and the top layer or so reddish). Could these pieces have been painted rather than stained???
Anyway I put two coats of the bombay mahogany on a spare piece of (unstained/unfinished) wood I had in the house and the color doesn’t look anywhere close. Truthfully, the color was MUCH lighter (even with two coats) then what they showed on the cover of the can.
Any help would be appreciated!