April 17, 2019

Weathering Raw Furniture & Palazzo Reale Napoli

Feast for the eyes! Check out the grand entrance to Palazzo Reale di Napoli! The royal palace was built in the 1600's and housed the famous Bourbons, relative of the conquering Napoleon. The exterior was okay, with it's orange stucco...but the inside! Wow!

Hands down my favorite spot in the palace is this grand foyer, with several different types of marble inlay and barrel vaulted ceilings. The colours are so soft and beautiful, I had never considered a pink marble for my home but this has got to be one of the most stunning spaces I have ever seen.

When you purchase new unfinished furniture it's frequently made from parawood, or rubber wood. A very hard and fast growing tree from China. This is a great wood for furniture, much better than pine. It has great grain and stains beautifully. 


  • Unstained furniture piece (can be new wood or stripped, this is paranoid.)
  • Sand paper and palm sander
  • Weatherwood Varnish


1.] SAND: Begin with either new wood or strip previously finished tabletop. Start with a rough grit with a 120 grit.

2.] STAIN: Once the wood has been stripped or sanded back down to raw, you can stain it using Weatherwood Stain's Pining stain. This is our d  That will result in this gorgeous mix of greys and browns on everything from pine to parawood, like you see here.

sponge brush is your best applicator. Just brush on reactive stain and allow to air dry naturally. No need to wipe it back off.

3.] TOPCOAT: Seal high touch areas like tables and cabinetry with 2-3 coats of Varnish. Weatherwood Varnish will not change the color of stained wood. You can brush or spray it on.

If you'd like to see more furniture makeovers with this color scheme, here's a gorgeous Nautical Desk Makeover! [link]

Piece of pie, piece of cake! Purchasing unfinished pieces makes for a simple and easily customisable DIY. But if they're not available in your area, you could always refurnish an old piece like the above project. I hope to see you tomorrow at our party! 

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