Mon, May 31, 2004, 11:17am (EDT-3) email@example.com (wch) starts
My SWMBO wants <snip> a blue "washed" stain finish <snip> I'm not sure
of the technique but I'm probably gonna get online and check into it
<snip> what kinda wood to use? Pine? Poplar, Maple? <snip>
My first thought is, make the bed, and tell her the rest is up to
You want to paint maple? Better use cherry instead.
Technique? Only interior decorators have "technique". But,
"washed" should give you a clue. On one of my projects, I needed a
tarnished copper look, sort of greenish, on wood, with a pattern on it,
and it needed to let the pattern detail show thru. I suppose you could
call that "washed". Mixed up some latex to a color that looked about
right, thinned it way down with water, and brushed it on. Perfect. Not
actually a stain, but thinned out enough that it looks like one.
I'm figuing you'll want some type of finish coat over that. So, if
it was me, I'd get some small pieces of whatever wood I was gonna pain
on, mix up some small dabs of paint, until I got something the ex (oops,
wife) liked. Then I'd try the finish of choice on that, and see if she
still liked it. Lately I've been using water-base poly, and that's
working well for me. I'd also make damn sure I took careful notes on
the proportions I used, so when I mixed up enough for the whole bed, I'd
have the same mixture, only more. Might help to get it in writing from
her, that she agrees that's what she wants - for later when she gets
tired of it, and tries to say you got the color wrong.
Of course, if it's only a small bed, you could always just get some
bottles of food coloring in the store, and thin them down a bit.
If you're offered free wood, take it, period; figure out what to use it