Staining and waxing ideas: DIY finishes at their best

Written by chris pink on October 31, 2014 in Picture Framing

We’ve gone to great lengths to fill our online shop with picture framing options to suit everyone, but that doesn’t mean that we don’t also like the custom touch from time to time. In this blog, we’re going to take a look at staining and waxing ideas (for those of you who don’t have the time, we make custom frames as well!).

Looking to take a plain frame and transform it? Read on for ideas which have stood the test of time with pride…

Show off that grain

While some frames have very little in the way of grain, making them ideally suited to contemporary work where the frame provides a plain backdrop, other kinds of wood excel at adding texture and interest.

Enter oak, which has some of the best grain going. How you choose to reveal the grain depends on you. Go for a lighter shade of walnut wax if you don’t want to make too much of a thing of it, or select mahogany wax/paste if you want to bring out the intricate detail.

Reinvent your frame with stain

Staining is great because it can completely alter the colour of a frame very quickly (with practice!). For example, you can turn the wood from plain wood to mahogany, dark oak, teak or chestnut. Leave the grain looking as natural as possible without waxing it, or add wax to further enhance the overall look.

Liming wax is a framer’s friend

Liming wax is an excellent material. Frames can be lightly limed, or the lime can be applied in a heavy layer which can then be polished at a later date. If you like, you can even bring out the grain of the wood with a dark wax first, to give your frame a unique appearance.

Painted finishes can look lovely

Emulsion paint lends itself well to frame finishing. For best results, we’d advise carefully adding thin layers at a time, before starting the process again. Remember to sand your frame down with rough paper first, then fine-grade sandpaper after. Add a light polish of wax to finish and your frame will be unrecognisable (in a good way!).

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