Hand Tools Archive
Hey I'm getting better!!
After staining so I could see what I had, (which was very bad)
I got out my old standby artist's oil paints.
I keep a yard sale coffee can of old paints around under the basement stairs where is stays nice and cool all year, but never freezes.
My impromptu "palette" was a scrap of 2X4.
Well I squirted out lots of colors. I chose a very coarse stiff nylon brush.
Grain and color faking wants the opposite of a fine varnish brush. Random streaky uncontrolled is exactly what you want. Basically a nearly dry brush "accidentally" leaving fine streaks of color just before and over and just past the problem area.
I tried various reds, browns and yellows and kept mixing and messing around until finally, I got the right combination!
It was bright yellow and bright red with only the slightest touch of sienna???
The original veneer looked more muted and orangy to me but those colors looked like crap when I tried them.
Leaning more toward yellow in the yellow color streaks and more toward red in the brown areas but always mushed around with several colors and streaked in the proper direction.
All my fist guesses were totally wrong, but when I hit on the unlikely mix, suddenly I can't even see the repairs from a foot away and I know where to look!
Pix will follow eventually
And... oh geeze, contact paper??? as if!! heehehehehehe