Thanks for the feedback.The headboard is large and has been pieced together with small headless nails and dowels. The filler will nearly always be more of an eyesore than the dent sans filler. The blotches are significant enough to ruin the entire look. I was mistaken on the color my wife actually prefers the red undertone. In general, hardwoods such as maple wood, walnut wood, and oakwood all have dark brown color and softwoods have lighter colors. You can do many variations of this mix to get the result your looking for. I agree with the sage advice that you gave Darin. Either way, I would recommend sealing the surface first with shellac, then adding your coats of toner. I do samples but you can never know exactly how absorbant all areas will be, so I start with a thinned coat to see where I might have a problem, then add coats or go directly to gel stain depending on how dark I am forced to go. I have a cherry color from Mini-Wax that I have put on maple scraps and I like it. is that true? Keep in mind that many commercial finishers use toners and pigmented stains. Natural wood colors can also be based on the degree of saturation (meaning how dark a color is – high color or light pale) as well as transparency (meaning matte and glossy), divided into other groups. Thanks for the reply as well. Old Masters dark walnut gel stain to be exact: http://www.amazon.com/Old-Mast.....B000I1AP1K From what I’ve read, gel stain sort of paints on top of the wood, and doesn’t penetrate it as much. Let us know how it works out for you. Needless to say he couldn’t complete the job. When I stained the third coat it is starting to appear quite “red”. He writes: I am trying to finish maple to a brown appearance. You can use this to your advantage. Its all about the test boards, as you well know by now. Required fields are marked *. Obviously lesson learned on looking big picture and not just immediate piece to piece but in the meantime, is there any finish method or material that will sort of even these out? In order for a finish like that to work properly, you probably don’t want to apply too many coats. He prefers water but it seems the alcohol based works better. Can someone please help me???? Hi, I’ve stripped a solid maple desk and am researching the best way to finish it. It does not have visible pores running through the wood, like some other types of wood, including oak. The key here is to buy a few different materials and then practice on scrap wood. On maple, some people like the natural blonde/white color and want to maintain it. Unfortunately the cheap/particular customers are usually the source of great referral business… a necessary evil I suppose LOL. He did two coats of Minwax cherry and now they’re doing the same thing. So if that was something like 100 grit, start there. actually, i went ahead and put an even layer of mahogany danish oil and left the piece over night, and did that for 3 nights and it has reached the desired goal. I need it;). Note: English language names are approximate equivalents of the hexadecimal color codes. Based in New York City, Jennifer Blair has been covering all things home and garden since 2001. There’s really no way I can answer that for you. These finishes are what they call “water white” meaning they don’t add the same amber and yellow tones we see from oil-based finishes and traditional lacquers. As you’ve discovered, getting filler/putty to look natural is a VERY difficult endeavor. If I was to now use a polyurethane over the sanded wood wood that match the colours on the rest of the stairs. I am refinishing a antique wagon wheel bed era 1940-1950’s. Have you tried dyes? My husband also did some detail work above the cabinets in maple as well. But this would be a good topic for the future. The first two coats were great. I will try a grain raise DNA and will test without as well), 320 sanding (if needed), gel stain, top coat. When we got in contact with the project manager for the construction company, he told us the company had gone bankrupt. Warmer colors, like orange, brown, rust and red, work too, but the deeper tones of these colors work best. I does penetrate deep though. The SW recommendation is not bad for a wood that isn’t prone to blotch. So i have had zero luck getting anything to look remotely close to the dark stairs , columns and trim . do you have any experience on polyshade? I hope the General Finishes is the answer to my woes. Hi there, We just installed a beautiful new set of stairs in our home. Would like to get the stain off and just have natural sealed floor. I use them all the time but they take some getting used to in terms of application. Red Leaf Maple is commonly called soft maple, but the name often fools many woodworkers. Another stain? I got a beautiful dinning table made out of knotted line that I tried to stain with Minmax Jacobean. I’m still a novice and while I took some care to check from piece to piece that the grain wasn’t drastically different, there are panels that start out dark and more figured and by the other end of the panel it’s cleaner, clearer, and more uniform. From what I have been reading on this website, I think the solution to staining my birch/ poplar cabinet in a dark walnut color is to spray a fast drying dye on it. But when I put the mixture or coats on the furniture are they compatatible if both are gel stains, or should I stick with one or the other colors and not mix? When buying maple from your lumber supplier, you may hear plenty of names for the wood: tiger maple, curly maple, birds-eye maple, fiddle back maple, red maple, soft maple, hard maple—the list goes on. Hi Kathy. But if you have HVLP it can be done. On maple wood, a stain will give your cabinets a more natural and rustic look in the color you choose. What I really want to do is apply a stain, dye or solution that I can put in my HVLP and spray the entire cabinet without wiping and giving me an even color. finish started peeling immediately, before the job was finished. My suggestion would be to stop using the Minwax stain. This week’s question comes from Darin. I might try a slightly different order. )and the floors we have revealed seem to be maple. The heartwood tends to be a darker reddish brown. Should we sand and leave them natural? How should apply stain (brush or wipe)? So that room we started first after three continuous days of sanding we still have some lines so we will sand some more. Almost too many to simply give you a recipe to follow. You just might be sealing the surface a bit too much, so you aren’t getting the color change you should be. How should I go about refinishing these cabinets? I use a much-thinned cut, about 1/2 lb or less, and use scraps to determine if the particular boards need an additional coat of sealer (usually Since we were giving a little love and polish to the rest of the apartment, the contractor suggesting re-finishing the floors swearing that we could replicate the milky color. I know I’ll need to do lots of prep work and would appreciate a recommendation for a stripper that I can get a hold of. Hi Denise. My suggestion would be to sand the whole thing down again and just make sure its sanding properly. I wouldn’t add any shellac as that will actually make it harder to get the color you are after. beautiful natural maple desk his father made for him and sanded it down, poorly might I add to begin to stain it dark walnut (minwax). Others prefer the ambering effect of oils. Apply your next color. Thanks again for the reply. Should I completely sand it down to the wood? After reading the entries above, I’ve wondered if its possible to add a thin coat of shellac now and continue staining to get my darker colour, or must I start over. You aren’t dreaming. Would you recommend filling it with wood filler – and again what brand? The sample is indeed white, but the undertones are now a bile yellow-green. Gel stains don’t rely so much on absorption to work properly. Thank you. I recently embarked on my first flooring sand and refinish job after I tore up some vinyl and found maple underneath in my kitchen. I’m not a fan of big tiger striping grainy woods. This explains the yellows and oranges but doesn’t really explain the greenish brown. I would like white floors (semi gloss) for a bedroom and thought I would try to get this by staining maple wood white. Unfortunately, I am not well-versed in stripper brands. I do not no for sure about alcohol. I decided to go against the online hardwood flooring forum hive mind and give it a shot. Water-based isn’t the easiest stuff to work with so there will be a learning curve. If I used the colonial maple and then for my second coat the praire wheat, on samples of course. Long story short, I’m left with cabinets that look as if someone did a horrible job of trying to distress them, not the look I want. I showed the sample to the guys and they said the finish was not right that they remember it being more of a orange/red color originaly. Often Red leaf maple has better color and a … I wiped on the dye and I can see why you recommended spraying this it can be a little tricky. Color/Appearance: Unlike most other hardwoods, the sapwood of hard maple lumber is most commonly used rather than its heartwood. This can be difficult to replicate in an average home shop. I will definitely give it another go. They advised us to stain first and then apply sanding sealer then Cab Acrylic finish. I just installed maple floors in my house and I im having a big concern as to how to go about staining the floors. However, there are millions of products and services on the web, and I only promote those products or services that I would use personally. My plan is to spray with an alcohol mixed dye. Still he recommended alcohol; and by the time your finished, you could use a cold one:-D But to answer your question, a simple dye added to the white wash stain will definitely change the overall color. I’m gearing up to take on my maple kitchen cabinets that were built and finished by my father. Sugar maple wood—often known as "hard maple"—is the wood of choice for bowling pins, bowling alley lanes, pool cue shafts, and butcher's blocks. I know I tried looking for it again about a year ago and had zero luck. I am not familiar with that particular stain. What wood would you suggest that is easy to finish but isn’t grainy like oak? Hope that helps. This is do to the varying densities in the wood, some stain will penetrate deeper in the softer wood and not as much in the denser wood. Hello! Diluted/missed stain? Once the floor is coated, lightly sand with 180-220 grit paper. I am no expert like Marc by any stretch, but I have done a lot of trial and error, mostly error to begin with, but am zeroing in on a cost effective, less labor intensive method that is working for me. We chose custom, high-end, poplar http://www.thewoodwhisperer.co.....chy-woods/, http://www.rockler.com/product.....;sid=AFN86, http://www.thewoodwhisperer.co.....-them-all/, http://www.amazon.com/Old-Mast.....B000I1AP1K, http://www.homedepot.com/p/Bru...../202700081. We intended to stain everything a light gray. Came across your marvelous site in a desperate internet search for information about staining maple wood floors white…realize your expertise is with furniture but curious if you have any thoughts on this one: I know I want to spray the color on it and then spray the urethane as my topcoat. Waterborne finishes will not protect as well as their oil-based counterparts. I have never stained maple before and am a bit confused on exactly what steps to follow. I used a the pre stain wood conditioner from minwax since that is what our local store had. :) Seriously though, I think wood furniture can and should feature the amazing variety mother nature has to offer. “Blochiness of coarse” Would you kindly write back to me and give advice on how to go about staining my floors. * Sanded using 24, 36, 80, 100 grit paper. I am honestly no that familiar with Duraseal products so I cant exactly advise you there. 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