I've just finished staining. The color match, in person, is pretty impeccable. I'm thrilled, and honestly blown away. But remember, I brought a piece of plank that was stained 8 years ago for them to match. A woman at the store worked to match the color by hand, using her own plank of birch. She then sanded down half of my plank and stained that part using 120 as the last stage, just as I had done. They informed me that I was good to go, no need to open up the grain. She had matched the color using Pratt & Lambert Tonetic.
I'm trying to attach photos of the stages of this project. I'm afraid the photo that I've just taken after the staining shows a lot of awkward shadows, etc. Plus this section I've just stained doesn't have it's clear top coat yet, so there are some odd reflections, or should I say an odd lack of reflections in that area.
But I'm blown away. I never though it would be possible to match it so closely. I have a Bachelor of Fine Arts, work in design, am a perfectionist, and have micromanaged every aspect of the renovation of this kitchen like a woman obsessed. So trust me when I say to you that the color matches. If necessary, I was prepared to re-sand it, or resign to calling in a professional to do the whole room, but there is no need. The color matches.
The project started out like this:
Sanding gave me this:
And tonight this is where I am:
Ok so here is what they are recommending now:
a) 2 coats of "Fini-tech Synergy" uralkyd waterbased urethane finish just on the taped off area (letting it dry between coats of course)
b) remove the tape and lightly sand the entire room, including my new section, with 220 grit
c) another coat of the Fini-tech synergy on the entire room
Here is the product they recommend:http://www.finitec-inc.com/EN/cleaner.htm
As always, your opinions will be greatly appreciated.
When my husband comes home from work tomorrow morning he is not going to believe how well the color matches!