I would love some advice on the best way to treat the wood - eg what type of varnish, stain, lacquer etc is suitable as I've never restored a timber piece before. Are there any dos and don'ts when restoring timber?
I've only ever painted timber before and I don't think painting these pieces would be a good idea... Open to suggestions on stain colour etc. They will be going in bedroom which has a lot of neutral colours eg whites, taupe with splashes of pale blue and red and a predominantly yellow and red artwork.
Many thanks from Elspeth in Sydney
Elspeth, here's Abby's personal advice about staining a wood piece:
- Prep the surface by sanding it in the direction of the wood grain. Begin with medium grade sandpaper before switching to fine grade sandpaper.
- Miniwax suggests using their Water-Based Pre-Stain Wood Conditioner which will help the stain to go on evenly.
- Sand lightly using fine-grade sandpaper.
- Apply stain, wiping off excess with a rag wet with a small amount of stain.
- To deepen the colour, apply a second coat 2 hours later.
- While Miniwax suggests finishing your project with a clear protective top coat such as their Minwax Polycrylic Protective Finish. their Fast-Drying Polyurethane or their Wipe-On Poly, we suggest my dad's trick for a richer look and finish your project with a coat of black wax. This will both accentuate the grain and add a deep, rich patina.