All About Stains and Colors Related to Antique Furniture…
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You would need to get the following stuff ready for staining
and coloring your antique furniture—
(a) Sheets of newspapers or a big cloth or plastic
(b) Gloves and protective glasses
(c) Lint-free cloths
(d) Fine steel Wool
(f) A paint brush
(g) The stain that you have chosen, as well as the color
(h) Vacuum hose
Before you begin the actual process of staining your old wood, it has
to be completely free of dust and grime. For this procedure of cleaning,
spread several sheets of newspaper or the cloth or the plastic on the
floor. Now, get your antique piece onto it. The floor is therefore protected
from any drops or spills. But you need some protection for yourself too.
So don your gloves and glasses.
Now, take the fine steel wool and rub it gently over the surface. An
extra rubbing might be required if there is excess grime. Do ensure that
you are gentle in your work. Next comes the vacuum hose; it will get rid
of the dust and dirt. Once this is completed, wet a lint-free cloth and
wipe the furniture item thoroughly. Now that the antique is completely
clean, it can be stained.
Since the stain is in the form of a liquid or a gel, it can be stirred.
So, go ahead! Now, dip your paint brush into the stain. See that there
is no excess, or it will drip. Use the brush on your furniture, brushing
with the grain (The direction, texture, or pattern of fibers found in
wood). In case you want to reduce the brightness, wipe off the stain with
the aid of a lint-free cloth when it is still wet. While spreading the
stain over the entire furniture piece, ascertain that not even the tiniest
crevice or crack is left uncovered. Now wait for the stain to dry completely
before applying a second coating. The second coating provides a darker
shade. When even the second coat is wholly dried, give a gentle swipe
with another lint-free cloth.
Okay, your staining is complete. Coming to color, each species of wood
comes with its own color. Take mahogany or cherry or walnut, for instance.
Most people would not like to tamper with their natural richness. Other
types of wood such oak or pine or maple, display numerous variations in
color. There is an aspect about color that you would do well to remember
always—do not go in for drastic changes which give an incongruous look
to the whole thing!
Before painting, strip the antique
furniture piece and clean it thoroughly. Now wet the surface
with the aid of paint thinner or lacquer thinner. You will be able to
view the original color since it is free of any staining. To accentuate
the shade, you will need to give coatings of red, brown, etc. Whether
you are able to change much or not is dependent on the species of wood.