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05-15-2015 04:06 PM

Topic tags/keywords: pine table old mexican rustic finish

Hello! everybody! I am a new amateur wood worker. I enjoy being busy with wood. Love it!

I need help with my an old rustic table: How can I replicate the original finish and make it look rustic? How can I reduce the shine?

here is the story:

So my first project was an old Mexican table, and I really need your advice. Mind you, I did not even know what a finish or a stain is when I started. :)

I bought this old Mexican pine table that had a beautiful finish, but looked also very dirty, with many fat and water stains. The finish was probably some stain over raw wood and no poly. But it was an interesting finish, in that that it did not penetrate the wood.

The original of the table looks like this:

This is how mine looks like right now:

What I did to it was: I sanded it to the raw wood, tried a provincial oil based Minwax stain on a little piece of it, and it came out blotched and too dark, almost like dark walnut. I realized that the wood is very old, and even crumbly inside. So I applied Wood conditioner – 1 layer, then Danish oil, then conditioner again and Danish oil again. Only then I applied Provincial Wood stain.

The table looks ok. Lost all of its charm. It is still too dark. :(

I want to try and replicate the finish that was on the original table. The original finish looked like a swipe of medium brown that did not penetrate the wood at all. So I still could see the original brush strokes.

Please advice, what did I do wrong, what could I have done better.

How can I replicate the original finish and make it look rustic? How can I reduce the shine?


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