I am about to attempt refinishing an old (not antique) kitchen table.
The original linseed oil finish has seen better days and did not
survive my kid nephews' treatment. I also am not a fan of the very
yellow color the wood has taken.
I have seen some cool "aged" finishes on tables at stores. The tables
have a natural finish and what almost looks like light scorch marks to
give an aged effect. Anyone know what kind of finishing technique was
used? Is fire actually used sometimes? Any recommended refinishing
No sweat, in spite of Mike, you can easily scrape/sand through that
"penetrating finish," leaving some behind in the areas not normally subject
to wear, or you can remove all the finish and follow a glazing regimen.
Scorching is used sometimes - torch is what I've used -but it has a
different effect on every wood. Open-grained woods almost reverse, with
the softer and lighter-color earlywood becoming darker than the latewood. I
would really rather use a leave-behind antiquing, or work a glaze, both of
which are reversible, rather than scorch. If you do decide to use heat,
scorch it with hot pans so as to get authentic-looking burns.
If I paint a piece, I will put a contrasting color as a base coat, then the
final color. Then using a rag and dark stain, I put streaks on the piece.
You might wipe gently to soften the streaks. I also put a some holes in the
piece with an awl and wipe stain on the holes then wipe off, leaving the
holes dark. Wipe with the grain and feather, because some streaking will
remain. I then sand a corner and edge or two, exposing the contrasting
color and a little bare wood. I then apply a clear coat. I do the same for
a stained piece, but I don't use a contrasting color.
IF it's and old look with cracks,etc., you put down one color if you
want, then I think when that's dry, a coat of elmers white glue...and
when that's dry, your top color which as it drys will produce the cracks
if I remember right.
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