Located in Porter Ranch this is a white oak kitchen dating back to the 1970’s. That makes it about 40 yrs. old. But, because it is solid oak it is still in very good condition.
We stripped the existing finish with a chemical stripper, scrubbed it with steel wool and lacquer thinner and followed that up with a thorough sanding.
Next we stained it with a burnt umber color that I mixed up. This was sealed with a pre-catalyzed vinyl sealer.
The sealer was sanded and then we applied a very heavy mix of raw umber and linseed oil. This was applied with a rag, brushed out with a natural bristle brush and then gone over with superfine steel wool.
Why rub it out with steel wool? Because it removes more color from the surface but leaves it in the grain creating a unique look that cannot be obtained by other techniques.
View the video below to see the finishing process and the final product.