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Using a clean, dry rag, work the pickling solution into the wood by rubbing against the grain. Then, using a fresh rag, wipe with the grain to remove the excess and expose the grain. Repeat this sequence, working in patches to cover the entire bench evenly. Let dry overnight. | Photo: Wendell T. Webber

How to Create a Pickled Finish on Wood

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Prep wood furniture for whitewashing: Using a medium-grit sanding sponge, scuff up all the surfaces to open the pores of the wood. Be sure to work with the grain. | Photo: Wendell T. Webber

How to Create a Pickled Finish on Wood

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Wood Stains: When wood needs a little help to look its best, brush or wipe on some stain to deepen its color and highlight the grain. This brush-on product, born in the U.S.A. in 1984, combines stain pigments and polyurethane in one can, making for fast finishing. | @Minwax

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Interior, water-base poly works well on light-colored woods and stains where ambering would be undesirable. Blended with acrylic resins, it goes on milky but quickly dries crystal clear. Not as durable as oil-based polys. Available in gloss, semi-gloss, and satin. | thisoldhouse.com

All About Polyurethane

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Interior fast-drying oil-based poly is great for caabinets, floors, furniture, and trim such as wainscot, where abrasion resistance and durability are important. | thisoldhouse.com

All About Polyurethane

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Water-based, oil-modified interior poly combines the durability and ambering of an oil with the fast drying time, low VOC content, and easy cleanup of a water-based product. It's great for doors, cabinets, furniture and floors. | thisoldhouse.com

All About Polyurethane

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Spar urethane protects the finish of exteriors doors, trim, and furniture with UV absorbers that guard the finish and the wood from the sun's rays. And it's made with a special blend of oils and resins that allows it to flex as the wood surface expands and contracts. | thisoldhouse.com

All About Polyurethane

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Tabletops and other surfaces subject to abrasion benefit from high-build, oil-based finishes that provides maximum durability with just two coats. | thisoldhouse.com

All About Polyurethane

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Most exterior polys can be used indoors, but interior polys should never be used outdoors; they lack the additives that protect exterior finishes from UV rays. | thisoldhouse.com

All About Polyurethane

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Gloss, semi-gloss or satin polyurethane? Choose whichever sheen you like best; there's no difference in durability. Just remember that the glossier the finish, the more it will show any underlying imperfections and any future wear and tear. | thisoldhouse.com

All About Polyurethane

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Oil-based, water-based or water-based oil-modified polyurethane? We show you the characteristics of each so you can know before you buy and try. | thisoldhouse.com

All About Polyurethane

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Interior oil-based stain- and poly-combos protect bare wood with each coat, but require a conditioner to ensure even coloring before applying. Great for furniture, cabinets, trim. | thisoldhouse.com

All About Polyurethane

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Wipe-on poly is best for carved, embossed, or profiled surfaces where a brush could leave drips. | thisoldhouse.com

All About Polyurethane

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  • Kat Hertzler

    Just used this on our dining table legs after I refinished the table. I was singing its praises! Great product.

Some polys have oils that give wood a warm, amber tone. If you want wood to keep its light color, use a water-based poly. | thisoldhouse.com

All About Polyurethane

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The secret to staining and refinishing wood furniture--new and old--with wood finishing expert Bruce Johnson | thisoldhouse.com

How to Stain and Finish Wood Furniture

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