After spending an hour or so stripping the top, now comes the point where I need to decide which direction to take it (the best part). Hmmmm…
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That grain is pure as the driven snow! Well done, my friend! I hope it doesn’t get covered with paint, but you know I’m partial to refinished timber (as Fiona refers to it!)
Just gorgeous grain in the wood top. I would be tempted to leave it the natural color and top coat with something that didn’t “yellow” it. Maybe do the base in a light color that compliments the beautiful grain. Wish it was mine to play with. HAVE FUN!
What gorgeous grain, it would hurt me to paint that. Perhaps finishing it with Miss Mustard Seeds hemp oil would protect the wood and show that beautiful grain. Have fun!
Trying to identify that wood from the grain………..cherry? It would be a shame to cover that up since you prepped it so nicely. Prestain first (as you know) before staining (if you decide to do that.) I think it depends on your customers and what you KNOW will sell; a classic look with off white bottom and mahogany or walnut stain on top; a modern look with gray on the bottom and driftwood or java gel on top or perhaps something more funky, depending upon your mood. I’m sure it will look great, no matter what you decide. I like contrast in the pieces I paint; for example, matte paint with a semi gloss stained top; light paint with a medium or dark stained top or black or navy paint with a light color stain on top. Good luck!
Hi. I’m not real,experienced with staining. Would you please explain what you mean by “prestain”. Thank you so much.
Hi Bettye, Pre-stain is a product that you brush on the wood after sanding it back and prior to sanding. It helps to stop any splotchyness on your final finish. Best of luck on your new project!
Gorgeous! I love painted furniture, but there’s no way you can paint that picture-perfect wood. Love when you use the dark walnut – it seems to go with just about every paint color.
I can’t wait to see it finished! I know whatever choice you make it will be gorgeous!
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Beautiful grain in the wood Suzanne. I’m anxious to see what color you paint the bottom of this piece and what stain color you decide to use. The possibilities are endless!