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Wood Staining & Refinishing


Wood Staining & Refinishing

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Use olive oil to brighten up wood! Apply a thin coat to hydrate worn, dried-out wood, as long as it was origin­ally treated with an oil finish. Finish by buffing it in.

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Linseed oil, brushed over the island's cherry edge-grain butcher-block top, brings out the wood's natural color. | Island paint: 780F-7 Stealth Jet, BEHR®

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Pro tip: "To get a uniform look with stain, apply a prestain wood conditioner with a brush or cloth first. It temporarily fills in the grain, so the color will be absorbed more evenly." —Dan Vos, owner, DeVos Custom Woodworking, Dripping Springs, TX

All About Wood Countertops

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DIY stain: Some finishes can fake decades of wear in a matter of minutes. Here, we mixed ¼ cup of rusty nails with ¾ cup of vinegar and let steep for 24 hours. When applied, the solution reacts quickly with the natural tannins in the wood grain (we used oak), mimicking the weathering that occurs over many years.

Aged Wood, in No Time at All

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Distress wood: Simulate wear and tear by whacking boards with a hammer, driving in and pulling out nails, or tapping the sides of fasteners against planks to leave marks where natural wear patterns would occur. Finish wood with stain, then touch up indents with black stain to simulate the look of oxidation.

Aged Wood, in No Time at All

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Get the time-worn board look without the wait: see 3 ways to get the look of salvaged wood using lumber milled in this century

Aged Wood, in No Time at All

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Most boards at home centers are S4S, or surface-planed smooth on all four sides. Head to your local lumberyard and ask for rough-sawn boards, which have uneven surfaces and come in true dimensional measurements—24s are actually 2 inches thick—just like framing lumber from the 1800s.

Aged Wood, in No Time at All

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

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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
    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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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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Brush-on, wipe-on or spray? Every polyurethane has its preferred applicator. We show you which to use where. | 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
    Kat Hertzler

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

Polyurethane dos and don'ts for the perfect finish. | thisoldhouse.com

All About Polyurethane

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