Minwax Wood Finish Pickled Oak 260 is an oil-based wood stain that provides long-lasting wood tone color. With a thin rag, remove some of the glaze inside the knots, to give them more depth. Done right, the stain does not draw attention to itself but rather compliments the entire piece of wood. The greater the pressure I apply, the more of the stain I remove and the more of the wood below shows through. In fact, one of my favorite tables had a driftwood finish; it had a stately colonial feel to it. Simple yet elegant. Pre-treat soft or porous woods such as pine, maple, alder and birch with Minwax® Pre-Stain Wood Conditioner. Brushing on this pale, watery paint and then wiping it down will give it a pickled look.
If you had to sand the paneling with an orbital sander to remove the finish, erase sanding marks by hand-sanding with 120-grit paper before sanding with 150-grit paper. Looking at the picture it appears to me that this floor is likely to be sanded floor boards (probably pine) that have been burnished, stained white and then coated with a polyurethane finish.
The mixture of stains (in this case, she chose two: driftwood and dark walnut) enhances the wood by accentuating the pattern of the grain and the rhythmic play of the different widths of board. The Minwax wood finish stain penetrates deep into the pores to seal and protect the wood. In the foyer at her home in Maine, for example, Martha used a stain very similar to the shade of oak itself, but a little warmer (that is, with an extra hint of red). When you’re cutting reclaimed wood, you end up with fresh-looking wood on the cut ends.
After a minimum of 8 hours, apply a clear, protective finish or after 24 hours, apply clear Finish. Our company, Meyer Wells, is based in Seattle and we are wood enthusiasts, environmental advocates, and generally fun folks to be around. Allow your newly pickled wood to dry thoroughly (probably overnight) then apply a clear varnish or polyurethane to protect the surface.
I also often wash and brush on top of paint finishes to achieve a certain color or look. Oil will impart a beautiful low lustre finish, but requires more maintenance than the surface coating finish. Factors such as the hardwood species, age, and grading, will often affect the final color achieved on the floor. If things really start to go wrong, you can wipe all the glaze back off the finish and start over. The water raises the wood fibers before you apply the stain, which can still be sanded smooth without removing any stain.
It seals and protects your wood, creating a very water and UV resistant finish that will last for many years. One effect of bleaching hardwoods is that normal expansion and contraction may expose darker, untreated shades of wood in the cracks between joints. Pickling and Liming are traditional finishing processes used to accentuate the wood grain. After working with both, I probably won’t go back to the regular Furniture Finish.
The simplest is antique white, which uses the same techniques, but with raw umber or burnt umber colored glaze over white paint. Once the wax is mixed, find a soft old rag or a chip brush (cheap paint brush) that you never want to use again, dip it in the wax, and apply a very thin coat of wax with the grain of the wood. However, closed pored woods such as pine are also pickled and can produce a beautiful look. If the wood is open grained, using a white or off white glaze might be quite attractive. This will help the new wood match the weathered, aged appearance of your other trim.
Faux bois, or fake wood grain, uses tools like a graining comb, left, a flap grainer brush, center, and a graining tool, right, that can create both straight grain and the cathedral patterns typical of red oak. Generally speaking, a penetrating finish is used when striving for a country or modern look. They won’t capture 100% of the dust but you’ll have the best results by sanding the wood first.
You really can’t get the same greyish brown tones with stain, but if someone forces you to try, you might try either the General Finishes Antique Oak water based stain diluted by at least half OR grey wash (super diluted grey paint) OR a combination of the two layered onto the wood. Oil based does not raise the grain and dries slower so you have more time to apply it and remove just as much as you want. For the pantry, the plywood needed extra sanding because of unsightly pits in the wood.
This is a whitewash pickling stain, designed to impart color to the wood but not obscure the grain and character. If you don’t like the way it came out, quickly remove the glaze and try again, but the key to this finish is the random character created by this low effort method. Apply extra coats of clear finish on drawers and corners where wear is more likely.