Erin gave new life to her grand­fa­ther’s honey oak side ta­ble with this grain whiten­ing tech­nique.

Do It Yourself - - What To Do With -

Step 1 Re­move the ex­ist­ing paint or stain from the fur­ni­ture by ap­ply­ing wood strip­per with a dis­pos­able foam brush. (Wear gloves and work in a well­ven­ti­lated area.) Al­low strip­per to pen­e­trate the sur­face for the amount of time rec­om­mended by the prod­uct in­struc­tions.

Use a plas­tic scraper to re­move the old fin­ish, pulling in the di­rec­tion of the wood grain. Af­ter fin­ish is re­moved, use a cloth to wipe off any ex­cess residue, and al­low to dry.

Step 2 Scrub with a brass-bris­tle brush (A) in the di­rec­tion of the grain. This helps open the wood’s pores for the lim­ing wax.

Step 3 Stain the wood in your de­sired color (B). Use a cloth to gen­er­ously wipe gel stain onto the sur­face. Al­low the stain to pen­e­trate for about 15 min­utes, or ac­cord­ing to the stain’s in­struc­tions. Next, use a clean cloth to wipe off ex­cess stain. Al­low to dry four to six hours. Re­peat the stain­ing process one or two more times un­til de­sired color is achieved.

Step 4 Spar­ingly ap­ply lim­ing wax with a clean cloth in the op­po­site di­rec­tion of the wood grain (C), work­ing the wax into the wood’s pores. Al­low to set for five min­utes. Then use a clean cloth to buff off the ex­cess wax across the grain. The lim­ing wax should stay trapped in the wood grain, high­light­ing the dy­namic oak, right.


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