November 16, 2016

How to Achieve Black-Oak Look

One of the joys of my job is that I get to work with the best designers and architects in the US. As you can see for yourself, here. This kitchen designer worked up a remodel for their client, and the center piece of the design is this charcoal-colored oak cabinetry. This look could never be achieved with a traditional wood stain, since you might get black wood, but you will lose all that gorgeous wood grain. 



Here's how you can get the look:
1.] WOOD: Make sure you begin with sanded white oak. 80 grit sandpaper will do the best job.

2.] STAIN: Use a wide paint brush to apply Weatherwood's Reclamation stain. If you're a video person, you can watch the one above. The stain is reactive, so apply a heavy coat and allow the wood to absorb it. As the wood dries, it will turn colors. This will leave you will charcoal wood, but with a distinct blue tone. 

3.] TOPCOAT: Once the wood is dry it will be dark, but with a blue undertone. You will need to topcoat it to fix that. You have 2 choices. You can easily achieve the look you see above. 
If you want the wood to turn dark black but keep the wood grain, just seal it with Weatherwood Clear Oil or Varnish. I recommend the varnish since this is a kitchen and that's stronger wood protection. Apply per the bottles directions.

Wouldn't you love all that fabulous storage? I would kill to have a place for everything!  Are you planning any remodels? We are working on choosing the colors for the RV Makeover now, but even then, there won't be any fancy organization in my near future. lol

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