My 1st Attempt at Greene and Greene Style Furniture #12: Working on the Finish

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Blog entry by Don posted 01-31-2011 05:48 AM 4581 reads 4 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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The more I looked at the tops the less I liked how much lighter they were than the rest of the tables. I decided to go ahead and dye the tops according to the instructions. I’m really glad I did, the tops are blending much better and I’m really liking the way dye looks compared to stains. I may even dye the rest of the table to get it all to blend together better. I normally love the varience of colors in wood when it’s finished naturally but in this case I think it distracts from the design a bit. Here’s one of the tables with the top newly dyed top and the shelf added. The shelfs are also comming out much lighter so they will definately be getting some dye. Next week end I’ll do the pulls and other than that it’s nothing but a few more coats of wipe on poly to and I’ll be done.

-- Don - I wood work if I could. Redmond WA.

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#1 posted 01-31-2011 05:51 AM

Very cool Don a great job .Beautiful


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Todd A. Clippinger

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#2 posted 01-31-2011 06:05 AM

This has been a fun project to follow.

What makes it fun is #1: I love G&G and this is a great project in the style. And #2: it is clear that you have learned so much from it and it has been fun watching you grow.

The project looks great. The things you are running into are issues that the pro’s run into as well. Learning to use dye and/or toners to adjust color is just an overall part of the skill set. So with that I will say “Welcome to the Club!”

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#3 posted 01-31-2011 10:17 AM

Very nice!

-- Folly ever comes cloaked in opportunity!

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#4 posted 01-31-2011 04:27 PM

Don – Nice work – Looking very good!

-- Darrell Peart - Seattle - - author G&G Design Elements for the Workshop

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#5 posted 01-31-2011 05:11 PM

now I see it :-)
its a beautyfull table Don ….something you can be proud of :-)
and here by I give you the officiel bragging license …well done

thank´s for sharing your journey into Green and Green
it has been a pleasure to follow :-)

take care

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#6 posted 01-31-2011 08:19 PM

I’m green with envy! That’s a beautiful table. I love that style and you executed it perfectly.

-- Vicki on the Eastern Shore of MD

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#7 posted 02-01-2011 06:13 AM

Thanks for the kind words everyone!

-- Don - I wood work if I could. Redmond WA.

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#8 posted 02-07-2011 12:47 PM

looks great…...what color/brand of dye did you use…’s turning out wonderful.

-- Todd, Oak Ridge, TN, Hello my name is Todd and I'm a Toolholic, I bought my last tool 10 days, no 4 days, oh heck I bought a tool on the way here! †

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#9 posted 02-08-2011 06:27 AM

Thanks Tod.

The finish is General Finishes Arm-R-Seal Satin and General Finishes dye. The dye was mixed 7 parts Orange to 4 parts Medium brown (though not very precisely). I more or less followed the instructions outlined in Darrells article. The number of coats of dye varys on different components with the lighter areas generally getting more.

-- Don - I wood work if I could. Redmond WA.

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