We found this cute little writing desk recently. It has great detailing and was in mint condition. But there was a thick layer of varnish that needed to be removed along with some of the red stain.
Here’s the red oak minus the thick coat of varnish.
For a weathered oak look, we stained the raw wood using Chalk Paint® in French Linen with about 20% water added and then wiped it back with a clean cloth.
Once dry, it was time to wax. We tested Annie Sloan Soft Wax in White but decided on a mix of Clear and Black Soft Wax. The hardware was antique brass but we sprayed them using an Oil Rubbed Bronze spray paint.
Here’s the finished piece. Available at our Shaker Heights location.