Recreating a faux finish

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Forum topic by Luppercut posted 12-23-2015 01:14 PM 746 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-23-2015 01:14 PM

I found a cheap coffee table in a style that I like and I was hoping to recreate the aged style on my other wood pieces. Any ideas?

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#1 posted 12-24-2015 06:01 PM

Is that your table, or what you want it to look like? You should post a pic of your table and then you can get better answers.

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#2 posted 12-24-2015 07:07 PM

That is the finish I’m looking to create. I have a hodgepodge of different furniture, made of different species of wood and I’m trying to come up with a way to refinish them to more closely match the table I’ve posted above.

The table above is a piece from a better homes and gardens set called crossmill. It’s a weathered, drift wood lighter brown style. I’ve found plenty of drift wood stains that will do a grey color, but I’m looking for something brown or tan.

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#3 posted 12-30-2015 09:57 PM

Not an expert – but from what I’ve read doing similar research – Pottery barn and other manufacturers that specialize in this stuff use a multi finish approach – layering various gel stain colors to re-create the weathered barn wood effect.

I would guess that’s also some sort of gel stain.

It also looks like it has a matte top coat, more than likely sprayed since it has texture and “saw mill marks”

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#4 posted 12-31-2015 05:12 PM

I create that type of look using glazing. Apply the base stain, I then seal that with shellac. The glaze is then applied leaving as much or as little, depending on the look desired. Another sealer coat of shellac.Then the top coat finish is applied.

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