Trying to replicate this finish

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Forum topic by upplepop posted 04-09-2015 03:29 PM 767 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-09-2015 03:29 PM

Topic tags/keywords: finishing antiquing

I am trying to exactly replicate the finish on this ornate picture frame I came across.

I think the wood is oak? I’m wondering how they got this antique look with the dark crevices. Sorry about the less-than ideal photos.

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#1 posted 04-09-2015 04:13 PM

Type of asian mahogany. Medium walnut or similar colour stained, wiped and dried. Then thinned oil-based blue-ish/grey-ish/black paint/stain quickly brushed over all crevices and excess wiped off quickly, then dried before any likely clear lacquer sprayed on. Instead of the final coloured stain “accent” job, one can wipe a VERY DIRTY oily damp rag over the creviced areas, wipe off the excess dirt/oil, let dry, then clear coat.

What I like to call “fake-old” factory finishes are often not easy to replicate exactly.

Good luck, and let us know (pictures!) how your project turns out.

And by the way, welcome to Lumberjocks.

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#2 posted 04-09-2015 07:24 PM

I believe that frame was made in Thailand, so good call on the Asian mahogany. Color me impressed.


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