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Blog entry by Rich posted 01-07-2020 04:45 AM 441 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’m not posting this as a project since I didn’t build anything you’re seeing here. I was asked by a contractor I work with to stain and finish a couple of doors from Window Depot to match some cabinet doors from cabinets the homeowner had selected.

The cabinet doors and the interior doors are both knotty alder. I managed to match the cabinet doors closely enough that the digital samples from my Color Muse calculated a DeltaE difference of less than four. That is in the range of “barely perceptible.”

Here are a couple of photos of the two pieces.

I think I nailed it.

-- Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner



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sansoo22

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#1 posted 01-07-2020 05:04 AM

I’d say you nailed it. I don’t think anyone other than an old school printing press operator that has the entire catalog of pantone chips memorized by heart is going to tell the difference.

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Rich

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#2 posted 01-07-2020 05:15 AM


I d say you nailed it. I don t think anyone other than an old school printing press operator that has the entire catalog of pantone chips memorized by heart is going to tell the difference.

- sansoo22

Thanks. That compliment means a lot coming from you.

-- Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner

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#3 posted 01-07-2020 03:22 PM

i dont think you could do any better rich,they should be quite happy.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#4 posted 01-07-2020 10:19 PM

I’m impressed! I worked with a friend ( auto body shop owner) he painted a lot of cars. ( He has an eye for color) He helped me match the finish of out kitchen cabinets. Very hard to do. You def nailed it!

-- Petey

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Rich

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#5 posted 01-08-2020 12:58 AM

Thanks, pottz, Petey. I’ve done several color matches for this guy and he keeps coming back, so he’s obviously pleased. I love building things, but finishing is so relaxing. I’m thinking about hitting up some local places like Window Depot to see if they keep a list of finishers they’ll refer folks to. Good profit margin too. I charged $560 for the two doors and the stain and lacquer cost me about $70. Less than 4 hours total for labor (not including drying time).

-- Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner

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LeeRoyMan

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#6 posted 01-08-2020 01:24 AM

Nice match Rich,

I had one last month. Built this little coffee table base out of walnut. After the fact, the designer comes to me and says she wants it a different color and gives me a laminate sample chip that is basically an orange color.
You ever tried to make brown colored walnut a light orangish color? Yellow was my friend this time along with some other tints.

-- I only know what I know, nothing less, nothing more -- That doesn't count what I used to know..

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Rich

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#7 posted 01-08-2020 01:59 AM


Nice match Rich,

I had one last month. Built this little coffee table base out of walnut. After the fact, the designer comes to me and says she wants it a different color and gives me a laminate sample chip that is basically an orange color.
You ever tried to make brown colored walnut a light orangish color? Yellow was my friend this time along with some other tints.

- LeeRoyMan

Beautiful work, LeeRoy. I think the challenges are fun. I do stress to clients that an exact match is pretty unlikely, but so far I’ve gotten close enough.

I had one just like your table. I got hired to finish some cabinets at a doctor’s house by the same contractor as this one. He had purchased the home recently when it was up for sale due to a divorce. The kitchen cabinets were finished, but the matching cabinets in the adjoining laundry room/pantry were not. In fact, all of the doors and drawer fronts were out in the garage. They were made of walnut and the finished cabinets clearly had some yellowish/orange tint to them. I did the same thing as you and mixed up an amber/yellow Transtint dye in a very weak solution and sprayed it.

I knew I had some leeway since they weren’t adjacent to one another, but I got it close enough that they could have been.

-- Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner

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LeeRoyMan

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#8 posted 01-08-2020 02:14 AM

My biggest problem is that by the time I get the color right, I better have enough because there is no way in hell I could repeat a squirt of this, a spoon full of that, pour a little out, add some more of this, and expect to get it the same color again.

-- I only know what I know, nothing less, nothing more -- That doesn't count what I used to know..

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#9 posted 01-08-2020 04:49 AM



My biggest problem is that by the time I get the color right, I better have enough because there is no way in hell I could repeat a squirt of this, a spoon full of that, pour a little out, add some more of this, and expect to get it the same color again.

- LeeRoyMan

I hear ya, a painter I knew was like that.

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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