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All About Stains and Colors Related to Antique Furniture…

Stain varnish furniture,stain finish furniture,stain furniture darker

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
(e) Water
(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.


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