Rustic Oak Paint: A new look for oak cupboards and doors
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They are characterised by a dark grain - because "rustic" in this context means that they are stained particularly dark. Thanks to their good durability and high quality, you can still find many kitchens and doors in this style. However, nowadays it rarely inspires, as this furniture is often heavy and massive.
Cupboard walls in particular no longer fit in with modern furnishings - but this quality work is too good to throw away. What can you do instead? Grab paint and a brush and give it a facelift without much effort!
Preparation for painting your oak furnitureOak furniture has special characteristics, yet it is not much more complicated to paint it.
Start by cleaning your furniture as usual, because the surface must be free of dust and grease to ensure good adhesion. Use To Clean, which you can also use after painting with a clear conscience. Whether your furniture is lacquered or unlacquered, you should use the primer To Block on oak before the first coat of paint.
This applies if you want to paint in light or medium colour shades - because oak secretes tannins, regardless of the age of the wood. These can be found in the paint when painting and are easily recognisable as yellowing, especially in white shades. If, on the other hand, you paint very dark shades, the primer is not so relevant.
Do I have to sand down Oak Rustic?Sanding before painting is not necessary as long as the old varnish is intact. Above all, you must be careful not to destroy the thin veneer layer when sanding.
Inspiration: How to spice up rustic oak furniture
- With one colour you can totally change your furniture. A coat of white paint gives this often heavy and clunky furniture a new, light look.
- Even with a coat of chic black or dark blue, you won't recognise your furniture. With solid cabinet walls, you can remove some or even all of the doors to create more transparency and "open up" the piece of furniture.
- Rustic oak furniture is particularly suitable for creating a shabby style. Their wood shows many projections, pilaster strips and ornaments. You can sand these out wonderfully or emphasise them with antique wax.
- Remember: vintage style doesn't always have to be white: a soft purple, a light beige, a greyish green and many other colour shades are suitable to make your furniture an eye-catcher!
When it comes to painting, let yourself be inspired by our customers who have already taken the plunge.
- A typical oak chest of drawers - our customer found it too old-fashioned.
- Thanks to a little colour, the individual elements are now elegantly staged.
- A typical chest of drawers from the 70s - not very attractive.
- New colour, new handles - now it fits perfectly with the eclectic style.
- This high-quality chest of drawers was too chunky and dark for our customer.
- The colour in combination with wooden elements is definitely worth seeing!
- A high-quality chest of drawers made of real wood - but our customer found it too monotonous.
- One sanding, one varnish: this is how the old chest of drawers becomes a piece of furniture in country house style.
- A beautifully crafted buffet - but far too sombre for a modern interior.
- A little sanding, the right colour and the buffet looks much fresher.
Also room doors and ceilings made of wood in the oak rustic style that you can't or don't want to simply remove. Modernise them easily with paint and a brush. Find out how to update wooden ceilingsin our "Painting a wooden ceiling" guide.
Painting oak furniture white
- Especially with light colour shadesn it is important to start with a primer. The water-soluble stainblock To Block creates the perfect base for a white coat.
- Apply the first coat of paint after the prim er has dried. This takes about 12 hours, but also depends on the external conditions. Then allow the varnish to dry thoroughly.
- Follow with the second coat to get a great result. If another coat is necessary, which is especially the case with light colours, simply paint over it again
Professional tip: Choose a very lightly tinted white. If you use a pure white, it can quickly look too clear and garish. In addition, pure white generally needs more coats of paint because it contains fewer pigments.
White with Melting or White with Character are perfect as tinted variants. Both have many pigments and therefore cover well. This saves you too many coats. Both colours are available in different colour qualities, each of which is ideal for painting oak.
Brightening oak woodWe are often asked whether oak wood can be lightened afterwards. This is rather difficult. One possibility is to work with white wax. However, since the substrate always plays a decisive role in the final result when working with wood wax, the surface may end up looking rather grey. Simply try out your desired technique on an inconspicuous area. This way you can better judge the result.
Instructions for Painting Oak Rustic Furniture
Step 1: Cleaning
Clean your piece carefully to remove grease and dust. Our cleaner To Clean is ideal for this.
Step 2: Priming
Prime the wood with stainblock To Block. As the stainblock needs about 12 hours to dry, simply leave your piece of furniture to rest overnight.
Step 3: Paint
Paint your piece with the chosen colour, let the paint dry well, between 4 and 6 hours, and then paint a second time
Step 4: Sanding
If you want to achieve a vintage look, sand the edges and pilaster strips - slightly protruding design elements - to finish.
FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions about Painting Rustic Oak
Can I paint oak wood?
Open-pored, untreated oak is particularly easy to work with varnish. If you notice that the wood fibres are standing up, you can simply add an intermediate sanding.
Can I paint Rustic Oak white?
What colour do I use for Rustic Oak?
Can I paint oak rustic furniture?
How do I make oak lighter?
Be sure to try it out first on an inconspicuous area! The result cannot be predicted, as the substrate plays a major role with wax.
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