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Forum topic by ianscot posted 04-15-2021 02:59 PM 199 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-15-2021 02:59 PM

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I’m working on my wife’s sewing room and need some help choosing a polyurethane color for the table top.

The drawer units I’ve built below are white and the cabinets are the golden color you see here. What color would you recommend for the table tops?

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#1 posted 04-15-2021 03:36 PM

I it’s her space, ask her. I defer all color choices to my wife. Been working well for 46 years so far.

-- Sawdust Maker

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#2 posted 04-15-2021 04:00 PM

If you want to come close to matching the cabinet try amber shellac. Each additional coat will darken the color a bit. Three coats will be needed for good coverage. It drys quickly so all three coats could be applied in one day but after two coats I usually like to let it go 24 hours before I put more on. Sand lightly between coats with 320 grit. Shellac can be applied with a brush but I like to use a lint free cloth and wipe it on. Because shellac dries so quickly it needs to be applied quickly and with not much back brushing.

When the finish has dried for a couple of days you can put a paste wax on it to get a satin smooth feel.

If you want a top coat of a poly over the shellac be sure to use dewaxed shellac or you may have adhesion problems.

As with all finishing you should test on some scraps first.

Note: Shellac cleans up with household amonia.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#3 posted 04-15-2021 04:05 PM

+1 Wife’s space = Wife’s choice. Even if she wants purple. :-)

Thinking the abbreviation SWMBO (She Who Must Be Obeyed)
was created to ensure proper color choices in her room.

Best Luck.

-- If it wasn't for bad luck, I wouldn't have no luck at all, Doom, despair, agony on me… - Albert King - Born Under a Bad Sign released 1967

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#4 posted 04-15-2021 04:45 PM

Normally, I’d agree. She has always wanted stuff painted before and no matter what I think when she initially chooses colors, it comes out great.

However, this time she doesn’t want paint because of the chipping potential on a table top so she isn’t sure what color stain would look best.

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