I picked up these chairs up from
|completed finish including a flat varnish top-coat|
I stripped them and washed them using wire and plastic bristle brushes. The wire brushes do a better job of removing the old finish from the pores of an open-pore wood like oak and still not scratching the oak like it might scratch a soft wood like pine .
|Pieces in situ w/ fabric sample|
The picture on the below right is of a picture frame I refinished. The original finish wasn't off much but it was off. Based on the rest of the colors in the room ,
I changed the base color and re-glazed the piece.
|detail of mirror frame|
|Various colored glazes in umber&ochre.|
The top on the left goes on a table in the foyer. The original finish had yellowed quite a bit. I refinished it in a faux travertine to pick up the colors in the space. I topped it off with a water-borne flat varnish that doesn't amber nearly as much as an alkyd finish will.