The walls are going to be wood panelled and as I am not great with faux finishing, I like to stain my wood. I spent some time mixing different stains (I measure with syringes) until I found a colour that I liked with my mahogany floor. I finally decided on a mix of red chestnut and the natural colour after playing with the ratio and practicing on scrap strip wood.
Our local store has maple veneer in rolls and I have used it for a few of my room box projects. I decided to stain it before I applied it with glue to my wood walls. If I had done it in the reverse order, I inevitably would have gotten some glue on parts and the stain would not have been absorbed in those spots.
I did find that the edges needed extra glue for some reason when using the spray glue on wood. When I have applied it to illustration board - it seems to bond much more easily! I did have a few spots lift so had to apply bits of glue and then clamp them back down. One lesson learned!
I sprayed all the stained walls with three coats of semi- gloss varnish.
The box will be enclosed with a front so while I intend to light it, I decided to paint the ceiling white and the back of the front of this box white to brighten the interior.
Ready to be assembled!
|Mixing stain colours|
|Comparing stain colours to floor|
|Spray glue on back of stained veneer|
|Weighted veneered walls left to set overnight|
|Ready to assemble the box|