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Forum topic by Joel_B posted 01-14-2015 02:57 AM 709 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-14-2015 02:57 AM

I had planned to make some bedroom furniture from Cherry.
But the plans changed since we bought a temporary dresser from Ikea that has a white stain finish and my wife like it better than cherry because it goes well with the hickory hardwood floors and yellow walls.
I am still doing the bed in Cherry because the style probably won’t look right in white.
I am thinking to use cherry for the tops of the dressers and rest white stain. So I am looking for a wood that will look good with white stain on it. I am thinking the stain will be somewhat transparent so the wood grain will show through. My thoughts right now are white ash or white oak.

-- Joel, Encinitas, CA


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#1 posted 01-14-2015 03:00 AM

I did a china corner cabinet out of birch and white washed it to match an older piece we had. I think it turned out good.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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#2 posted 01-14-2015 03:32 AM



I did a china corner cabinet out of birch and white washed it to match an older piece we had. I think it turned out good.

- firefighterontheside

Any pictures?

This is sort of what I had in mind. I kind of like the grain of ash.

-- Joel, Encinitas, CA

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#3 posted 01-14-2015 04:35 AM

Joel, if you come up with a method that works well, please report what it is.

I’ve got a project going now in ash that I want to be stained white somehow as it’s something I will attach to the ceiling and I want it to blend in as much as possible. I was planning on experimenting with pickling and bleaching techniques as well as thinning white paint with Penetrol and applying as a stain to see the result.

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#4 posted 01-14-2015 05:20 AM



Joel, if you come up with a method that works well, please report what it is.

I ve got a project going now in ash that I want to be stained white somehow as it s something I will attach to the ceiling and I want it to blend in as much as possible. I was planning on experimenting with pickling and bleaching techniques as well as thinning white paint with Penetrol and applying as a stain to see the result.

- Yonak

Minwax makes a white wash pickling stain that I might try on a sample pice of ash.
If you search around you can find some projects that used it and turned out pretty nice.
General finishes also makes a white wash stain.

-- Joel, Encinitas, CA

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#5 posted 01-14-2015 02:02 PM

This is the only picture I have. I watered down some white latex paint and wiped it on with a rag and then wiped it back off like I would do with any stain. Then I put water based poly over it. The things don’t like about birch is that it likes to chip when planed. This was way early in my woodworking experience.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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