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Wood Staining & Refinishing

Six layers of paint was stripped off to refinish this heart-pine door separating the bathroom and bedroom. | Photo: Patricia Lyons

A Ramshackle Little House Gets a Second Life

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Boat-wood effect: Inspired by reclaimed-wood furniture made from traditional Indonesian fishing boats that have been retired, this four-color finish features multiple layers of paint, so it has texture—a good fit for pieces that aren't in constant use, like an occasional table. | Photo: Daniel Hennessy

Transform Furniture with a Painted Patina

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Color wash: This technique adds subtle color while allowing the natural beauty of the wood to show through. Try it on unfinished pieces with paneling details for the wash to accentuate, like the cabinet above. | Photo: Daniel Hennessy

Transform Furniture with a Painted Patina

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  • Trish Snow

    Oh my gosh. We did this to our furniture back in the 60's!!!! What a hoot!

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

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