MATCH­ING THE FIN­ISH

Arts and Crafts Homes - - BRINGING IT BACK -

Blend­ing in a re­pair to a built-in re­quires some fi­nesse. Make the re­pair with wood of the same species, grain tight­ness, and cut. Then ex­per­i­ment with po­ten­tial fin­ishes. Buy small cans of three or four stain colors that most closely match the de­sired color and test them on a piece of scrap wood sim­i­lar to your mill­work.

It’s un­likely you’ll get an ex­act match with­out mix­ing a lit­tle of one stain with an­other. Some­times stains that look noth­ing like the color you are af­ter can add just the right tint to a blend of other stains. Keep ex­per­i­ment­ing un­til you get a close match.

Try to match not only the color, but also the in­ten­sity (or depth) of the color. Once you’re sat­is­fied, ap­ply the stain and al­low it to dry. In many cases, fol­low­ing with sev­eral coats of or­ange shel­lac will pro­duce a warm, rich fin­ish that ap­prox­i­mates the look of old wood.

Ad­join­ing rooms in a house pic­tured in The Home Beautiful, pub­lished in 1915, are fit­ted with book­cases.

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