October 19, 2016

Custom White Oak Kitchen

This wraps up our 2 out of 4 weeks in Boston and it's gone so quickly! Although my family no longer lives here, it has been delightful to see old friends. It's funny how with some friends, no matter the time that passes, it feels like yesterday when you last saw each other. 
Whenever peeps see it on Instagram they always go wild for this look and ask how to achieve it, so I figured it would be the perfect look to share with you! This week's custom white oak kitchen comes from another one of my retailers, Nena Sexton from NCF Studio in Houston. She is a talented faux finisher and painter, as you'll soon see. 



1.] WOOD: Here's how you can get the look, first make sure you begin with sanded white oak (see above.) In the case of doors and cabinetry, it can be hard to sand in all the nooks and crannies. So instead, you could apply a thin coat of denatured alcohol rather than sanding. But let the alcohol dry completely before applying the stain. 

2.] STAIN: Use a wide paint brush to apply Weatherwood's Reclamation stain. The stain is reactive, so apply a heavy coat and allow the wood to absorb it. As the wood dries, it will turn colors.
You'll see what I mean in the above timelapse- which can be used as an example. It's the same wood species and stain, but a different project. Below we have the stained island. 

3.] LIGHTEN: Once the wood is dry it will be dark, to lighten the effect apply Weatherwood White Maintenance Oil. Just wipe or brush on and wipe off. Apply per the video above or the bottle's directions. This topcoat provides light wood protection but more importantly, lightens the look of stained wood creating this pretty white washed effect. 

4.] PROTECT: Your final step is to protect the wood from water, food, and drinks. You will want to apply our Varnish overtop of the reclamation+White Maintenance Oil combination. Simply allow the Maintenance Oil to cure for 24-48 hours and then you're set to apply the Varnish overtop. For a kitchen, spray application is best, but for a smaller project you can use a brush. Apply up to three coats, as is typical for this sort of finish. 

The whole gorgeous kitchen. I love those rustic beams.

And here's another close up of the island. Didn't this turn out lovely? I love how you get this dark charcoal, but can still see all the wood grain. I hope you found the post fun and useful. See you tomorrow for the party!

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