Bought some old pine furniture. Ideas for finishes ?

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Bought some old pine furniture. Ideas for finishes ?

Hello, I'm new to the forum.

I've bought a lovely old Eastern European cupboard. It was apparently originally painted but the chap said it has recently been stripped in caustic.

So it's now in the bare wood.

I'm thinking of waxing it, but is a normal wax going to give it some protection ? I'm wanting to put it in my bathroom so it does get a bit steamy.

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Oil based polyurethane would be my choice. Three coats with a light scuff sanding (220 grit) between coats to promote adhesion of the layers (be sure to remove the sanding dust prior to applying the next coat).
 
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Nice piece! I agree with the poly. Oil based will darken the wood somewhat and will age and yellow slightly over time. That's kind of the look I would imagine you would want on an older item like that.

Water based poly won't darken the wood and will not yellow, but oil based is a harder, more durable finish.

Both can be found in different sheens (gloss, semi-gloss, and satin).
 
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I'd also go with poly. There are some wax finishes available but I don't know a lot about them. If a wax finish is applied and you change your mind and want to stain or poly the piece ALL the wax would need to be removed first - not an easy job.
 
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Yes, I'm trying to keep the aged look so was reluctant to use a polyurethane finish as in the past this has turned things a horrid orange colour.

I will try experimenting and see what happens. If it all goes wrong I'll paint it, which is what my hubby wanted to do in the first place.

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While I prefer the way that oil base poly deepens the colors naturally in the wood, water based poly just adds a sheen without changing the color of the wood. I suspect you might be happy with a satin water based poly. It doesn't have a lot of sheen but will still offer good protection and make it easier to keep the piece clean than with a wax based finish.
 
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Watch out for woodworm !

Hello Barbara.

Be warned, Eastern European furniture is notorious for getting woodworm. Has it been properly treated ?

Debs
 
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