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Wooden photo frame

Interior: Use Resene Colorwood and Resene Aquaclear to restore an old wooden photo frame to its former glory.

Stain a wooden photo frame
Left: Reddish brown effect.  Right: Restored wooden frame.

Ways with wood with Mark Rayner - Project 96

Difficulty level:  Moderate

You will need: 

To get the look:  Mark painted the background wall with Resene SpaceCote Low Sheen tinted to Resene Alabaster.

Other ideas:  For a reddish brown effect use Resene Colorwood tinted to Resene Japanese Maple.

How to stain a wooden photo frame:

Step 1 Step one
Remove any paper tape, glass and old hanging devices from the back of the photo frame.
Step 2 Step two
Sand the photo frame with medium sandpaper. Once back to bare wood, finish off with fine sandpaper.
Step 3 Step three
Wipe off any sanding residue with a clean cloth.
Step 4 Step four
Carefully stir the Resene Colorwood tinted to Resene Dark Oak.
Step 5 Step five
Apply one coat of Resene Colorwood tinted to Resene Dark Oak to the photo frame. Allow the stain to penetrate the wood for a few minutes.
Step 6 Step six
Wearing rubber gloves, wipe off any excess Resene Colorwood tinted to Resene Dark Oak and allow to dry.
Step 7 Step seven
Carefully stir the Resene Aquaclear Natural Flat.
Step 8 Step eight
Apply three coats of Resene Aquaclear Natural Flat to the photo frame allowing two hours for each coat to dry.

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