‘Blacken’ Orange-Tone Wood

A shortcut to refinishing furniture that has turned orange…
Most woods turn a little “orange” over time.
I, personally, prefer a  brown or black tone.

A few years ago I bought this bench for $7. I meant to redo it a lot sooner than now. I used my pressure washer to clean it

 You can ruin a nice piece of furniture with a pressure washer so be careful of the nozzle setting. I took some of the shiney finish off of my inexpensive bench during the spray – fine with me.
To {blacken} the wood I gave the whole thing a little sand down with my orbital hand sander with 120 grit sand paper. I dipped my sponge brush in water – then in black chalkboard paint – applied the watered down chalkboard paint over the bench a little at a time – working with the natural grain of the wood. Then wiped each stroke of paint off with a paper towel. That paint dries quickly – especially when it is so thin and in the bright sun.
Once I got the amount of black on my bench that I liked – I covered it with a thin coat of black walnut stain.
Don’t forget to wipe the stain into the wood and remove any excess. The wood will only ‘drink’ so much.
My $7  bench was perfect for this paint technique because the top is a  rough & chunky log piece. The blackening accentuated the grain in the wood and makes it look more rustic.
Once the stain dried I covered it in clear wax.
A quick morning project that was dry by evening.
Blackening leaves a variation in the wood colors because the under coat is not completely removed as would be done fore a full refinish. Can you see the difference?
Much Better!

Now if I can just find a way to keep Mazi looking fresh.
Her hair is more ‘high maintenance’ than mine.

Sharing with: The Brambleberry Cottage, Common Ground, Funky Junk Interiors, Stone Gable


45 Replies to “‘Blacken’ Orange-Tone Wood”

  1. That looks really, really great, Holly. It really updates it and brings it to a whole different level. Great job. Love the \”do\” with the bow on Mazi! xo Diana

  2. Looks perfect, I need to do something to our walls in our log home to tone down the orange, but I need a technique that is very easy and not messy. Not even sure it's possible:)

  3. Love the way it turned out! I just picked up a bench that I think would benefit from the same treatment. Thanks for sharing. Your pup is looking cute!

  4. That treatment is so nice. It gives it such a nice clean look but with the charming rustic quality I love.I'll try that!Deb

  5. GREAT makeover! Love the addition of the darker stain to tone down the orange. And Mazi is adorable!xo,Shannon(AKA Design, Blogger Homes & Blogger Resources)

  6. Wow, great technique! Love the furry friend, too! Found you through Funky Junk Interiors Party Junk 183…Cher @ Designs by Studio Chttp://designsbystudioc.com

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  8. This is so awesome! Definitely pinning this because I know it will be useful. I honestly never would have thought to use chalkboard paint (even though it is a favorite supply of mine). Thanks for sharing (and how cute is that puppy of yours?!)Angela @ Number Fifty-Three

  9. This is an awesome transformation!! Thanks so much for the tutorial!! I work in sets for a theater and transforming things to reuse is so common, yet I'm fairly new and still learning. This will come in handy soon, I think!! 🙂

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  11. Who but you would think to use chalkboard paint… love the variations of color in the wood, what a creative and easy technique! And I swear Mazi is smiling in her photo shoot…little dolly with teeth!Hugs,Pendra

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