Stain and finish advice

marys1000June 11, 2008

In refinishing a mahogony bedroom set - what black or really dark blackish stain color would anyone recommend and also what for a dull finish? (I didn't ask the refinishers what they were using a varnish, shellac, urethane - should I tell them I prefer one over the other? Can I provide what is best? )

The refinishers have a color called Java they want to use but on a piece they had done I thought it had a slight purple look. I think the Java was on cherry bu twas on pretty heavy so I don't think the cherry was causing the slight purple cast. I'd like to avoid the slight purple tone and have a real black.

2nd - if anyone thinks the black would be a mistake please chime in. I'm not into contemporary and think black furniture sort of takes me there.

I'm having trouble imagining what it will look like and am going with it just to get something different than the current red which I've been looking at forever. There is part of me that thinks maybe I should give the dark walnut a chance and live with a little red since a duller finish will also give it a new look.


I my thread Refinishing Old Mahogony furniture I got the message that it would be very hard to kill the red. But before I made my final decision on whether to just leave as is and maybe sell I decided to talk to a second refinisher to see what they thought might look good/better, maybe something I liked.

Well, my decision probably would have been to not refinish but I didn't really get to make that decision because while I was talking to the guy, (who really didn't seem to know much), his wife had carted the nightstand off to the back and sand away a big corner! So.,... decision made to refinish.

They tested a dark walnut but it still looked pretty red. So I said how about a black stain? They had something called "Java" which is a coffee. They had a couple of other pieces they had done in the Java and I thought it had a slight purple look which I also disliked, I'd like a true black.

Here is a link that might be useful: dresser

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Have you considered paint?

    Bookmark   June 11, 2008 at 6:31AM
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yes I've considered painting. No I'm not interested in or going to use paint.

    Bookmark   June 11, 2008 at 7:28PM
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I sent you an e-mail with detailed suggestions etc...

    Bookmark   June 12, 2008 at 10:19AM
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stocky - thank you but I haven't got it. If you check back I'll give you my e address, maybe its still in your sent file and you don't have to retype it?

    Bookmark   June 12, 2008 at 6:09PM
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marys1000 , send me your e-mail or post it here.

mine is

it's not in my sent file, I sent it thru this web site, so whatever email you used when you signed up that where it went.

    Bookmark   June 13, 2008 at 5:15PM
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I just made a test sample using india ink to "stain" oak black. I got the ink at a craft store.

Loved the look I got on oak. Not sure what happens to mahogony...

    Bookmark   June 18, 2008 at 2:05PM
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