This piece was finished using coloured stain and black wax; gathered fabric replaces the original glass.Staining furniture is an easy DIY finish that adds richness and depth to a piece with a beautiful wood grain. My father used to create the coloured stains himself. Miniwax has recently added a line of coloured water based wood stains to their line which eliminates this time consuming portion of the project. How to's, after the jump.
- 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.
For more information, as well as a chart of the 75 available colours, check the Minwax website. Verdigris would achieve a colour similar to that seen on our parent's chest above.