I have a friend who is trying to purchase a dresser to match an
oak baby crib that she was given. The oak is very light and stained
white. So it sorta looks like it was painted white but you can see the
wood grain. After going to many furniture stores one salesman said
that it was quite a popular color 6 years ago but no-one makes it
anymore. Does anyone know what color it is and how to duplicate it? Is
it just oak with white stain? She would like to purchase a maple
dresser and stain it. She bought some white minwax stain and tried it
on birch because the store didnt have any maple (close enough to the
same pore size I guess). The birch didnt take any stain at all. It was
sanded at 180 grit. Any ideas?
I don't know that maple will resemble the oak when stained either. Sikkens
also has a white stain, but not seeing the original, I have no idea if it is
even close in shade or density. If stains don't do it, investigate dyes.
Is the piece she is buying from an unfinished furniture store? They may be
able to help also as some of the people in them are very familiar with
finishing and coloring.
WELLL! About 50 some years ago I was inthe TV repair business and
TV cabinets that looked just as you described. It was called " Limed
in those days. Gawd that was a loooong time ago. :-)
I have done several pieces in "white wash" over oak, the last being a china
and hutch to match my Mother's mid 1990's TV cabinet. I use Min Wax water
based poly tinted with artist paint usually picking an egg shell shade. (
Kraft paint, water based such as " Delta Colors") You can use any variation
of "white". Mix it a small amount at a time and test the level of color you
are getting on scrap. Usually 3 coats works well adding the color without
hiding the wood underneath. While the shot of this last piece on my webpage
is a little hard to see, you can get the idea of the finished look. You can
also see this finish on Birch in the pictures of the wall bed system.
Dennis Slabaugh, Hobbyist Woodworker
I had to do an entertainment center to match an existing bedroom suite. I
finally mixed white shellac-based BIN sealer with clear shellac. I put on a
brush coat of the mixture (after spending hours messing with the ratio
between the two products). Once, the shellac dried, I used spray lacquer to
finish the unit.
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