Staining Slab to Match Stool


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Old 08-21-22, 06:05 PM
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Staining Slab to Match Stool

I'm attempting to match the live edge slab with the color of the stool below it or slightly darker. I don't have much experience with staining wood so any recommendations on stain color and finish would be appreciated!

As a side note, I'm looking for a finish that is more matte/flat than glossy.




 
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Old 08-21-22, 09:47 PM
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First, the gloss is dependent on the final top coat and has nothing to do with the staining process.

Your going to need to pick up various stains then using some scrap pieces of wood test out the colors to find the one that comes closest. Don't just start staining the slab as you might not be happy with the results.
 
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I agree, test stains on scrap wood first. IF you can bring the stool top and some of the scrap wood to a paint store they can help you match the stain. Polyurethane comes in the 3 basic sheens; satin, semi-gloss and gloss.
 
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I'm not good at identifying wood species but if they are different then staining can turn out different so make sure your samples are same.
 
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Even if the species are different, the stain color can be made to match. The big difference will be in the grain. The scrap wood does need to be the same species as what you intend to stain.
 
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Excellent advice, thanks! I do have scrap I can test on.

Also, do I need to condition before staining?

For the finish, I'm assuming satin is equivalent to matte?
 
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Old 08-22-22, 04:16 PM
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I would say yes, you should use conditioner, since SPF is going to blotch otherwise. It may mean you need to stain twice to get depth of color.

I'd stain a sample with Minwax Early American or Pecan and see if it's close.
 
 

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