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Making Tas oak wood trim lighter?

Sharon Sann
April 15, 2015
We have a 1920s home with lots of Tasmanian oak wood trim. I love the look of natural wood color but our trim is darker than my taste. Is there a straightforward way to lighten it? Something to clean the stain off? Would it be likely to work given the age of the wood?
Thanks!

Comments (15)

  • Colleen Obm
    We had dark jarrah boards that sucked in the light in a 'new' house. Sanded them back, bleached them. Now they are much lighter and warmer too.
  • chookchook2

    Put in Solartubes. The light coming in will lighten and brighten the room.

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    Feast Watson

    Hi Sharon,

    As colleenobm said you will have to sand the timber back back to remove the stain, the age of the timber shouldn't be an issue. You could then use a water based clear varnish such as Cabot's Cabothane Water Based (an oil based clear varnish will warm to honey tones over time so in this case we would recommend a water based finish). If you wanted a finish lighter than the natural timber colour you could use Feast Watson Stain & Varnish Liming White. This finish gives a soft milky white effect while still allowing the timber grain to show through.

    We hope this helps.

    Feast Watson

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    Feast Watson

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  • chookchook2

    I have alot of furniture done in it, and my all time favourite pic on Houzz the whole room is lime washed, to give a beachy look. Nice to meet you, Sarah!

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    Feast Watson

    Nice to meet you as well. I would like to see that pic! I've done a bed and a table using the Stain & Varnish Liming White. They came up a treat.

  • chookchook2

    I like it because it stops the wood yellowing, gives you a natural wood look without darkening the room.

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