Our hardwood floors are Brazilian Cherry. I have some unfinished shelf's
that I wanted to match the color of the floor. However, I can't seem to
find a stain that comes close to our floor. I tried all of the off the
shelf minwax stains (Cherry, Mahogany, etc). Nothing comes close. Does
anyone have any recommendations?
Amy -- in a similar situation (actually, I was trying to stain Brazilian
Cherry to match rosewood) I went through every variety of reddish stain on
the shelves of the borgs, without success. Then I went to an unfinished
furniture store (that advertises that they also can do the finishing for
you) with a sample of my rosewood furniture and a piece of unfinished Jatoba
(Bz. Cherry) and they made up a custom oil stain that matches very closely.
A quart cost $20, but I'm still using it 3 years later (In fact, today I
just finished staining and installing a built-in bookcase using Jatoba and
this custom stain}.
Potential problems: If your unfinished wood is something with a
distinctive grain (e.g., red oak), a softwood (pine, fir) or is known to not
take stain well (poplar) your finished product will never look like the
Jatoba because the differences will be obvious. Also, for best results you
will probably need to use a sanding sealer before appllying any stain. Good
luck -- Regards
When you applied it to a completely different species of wood, with a
different clear coat on top, it matched, and it stayed matched over
time? That's very surprising, you should consider yourself very lucky.
Personally, I prefer different species to slightly (or sometimes
totally) contrast and complement each other. For example, maple that
"matches" red oak just never looks right to me, much less maple that
matches walnut! <G> On the other hand, different tones can set each
other off and create interest, if done correctly. I might use stains and
toners to move a wood in a certain direction, depending on the desired
look, but not to match. If I want a perfect match, I use paint.
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