Asked on Feb 24, 2015

Staining table and chairs green

Lucille T
by Lucille T
I have a Hoozer hutch that belonged to my Mom and Dad from the 1940's. It has a green wood grain. I want to stain a table a chair set I have found. I would like to stain it as close to the hutch as possible. I have been seeing posts on chalk and milk paint and have no idea what it is like and if I can do this on the set. I am posting a picture of the hutch so you can see what I want to do. I located a stain at Home Depot. Varathane Wood Stain in rustic green that I think would work. Will do poly of course when finished. Can I do the same thing with milk or chalk paint?
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  7 answers
  • Colleen Colleen on Feb 24, 2015 AND ....Both of these posts will give you a good idea of what milk and chalk paint are about, the main differences between them and what kind of looks you can achieve with either. Both are completely different than a straightforward wood stained finish. Hope that helps!

  • Lucille T Lucille T on Feb 24, 2015
    No one has commented yet. Still waiting for help

  • Jaci Royal Jaci Royal on Feb 24, 2015
    Read Colleen's info and is a great article to help you decide what to do... Beautiful Hoosier Cabinet!! I'm sure the end results will be amazing whatever you decide to do...

  • Country Design Home Country Design Home on Feb 24, 2015
    Hi Lucille! Chalk or milk paint is actually a thick, matte finish paint. I don't think that is what you are looking for. But, I recently redid an old sideboard using Americana brand chalk pain as a "stain". I literally painted it on, then wiped most of it off and was left with a red stained wood grain. The "before" stained piece had a finish on it- I am pretty sure it was poly, but I purchased it second hand, so I am not sure exactly what it was. But that's what allowed the paint to come off, leaving the color behind. If it started to dry too quickly, I used a damp rag and removed the paint color wherever I needed to. You can check out my page for the complete tutorial. Before you do it, try the inside of a drawer or door or under the table or chair to make sure you get the look you are trying to achieve. Good luck!

  • Symea Symea on Feb 24, 2015
    I wonder if actual wood "stain" can be used. they make different shades of green -maybe if you diluted it,played around with a few shades (on a scrap piece!!) found this on Behr website

  • Carole Carole on Feb 24, 2015
    Minwax make many stain products and in lots of different colours. I think you would have more control over the outcome and amount of green and wood you want to show if you use this stuff as it is wipe on with a soft cloth and wipe off. You can use a brush for a heavier effect but if you want a light green wash effect with the timber colour still showing mostly, this could be the way to go. I just used the Minwax white based stain with a Slate grey tint to do my bedroom furniture which was orange pine and a light coat with the brush and wipe off within 3 mins would give you the effect you want if you don't sand it too heavily first. A light sand all over first in order to allow the stain to penetrate to some degree will pick up some areas. That may be the way to go. You can apply as many coats as you like and finish with a poly acrylic coat or two for protection or use a stain that has the poly in it (less control that way most likely though). Good luck and I hope you post the outcome here. If you swipe the stain on with a cloth rather than rubbing it into the wood that works best for this outcome.

  • Lucille T Lucille T on Feb 24, 2015
    Thanks everyone for the ideas and info. I don't think chalk paint will work for what I am looking for. I just looked at Home Depot on the computer last night. I am going to go to the stores, Lowes and Home Depot and find a stain. I like the idea of trying it where it doesn't show. There is a difference between indoor and outdoor stain, so it says on their site. Will update you all when I make a choice.Will not be for awhile, I am moving to a new home on Mar 16th. Sold my condo and bought a mobile home in a senior community park that is only 15 min from my daughter. It's about 2 hours from where I am now. PIT I haven't even bought the table and chairs yet. Found one I want for only 125$ on Craigs list. Have a friend going to look at it tomorrow. It has already been stripped, so it should be a breeze for me. Will keep you all posted. Thanks again.