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Stencilling on an oak chest of drawers?

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patriciapaints1 Wed 02-Mar-16 22:45:42

I like the sanded-down look of my oak chest of drawers and I intend to add a few small stencils on the front in waterbased eggshell. I'm wondering if I need to seal the wood somehow after? I don't want to varnish it again as varnish yellows and darkens the grain. But I'm not sure about waxing either. I assume if I just leave it untreated then the wood will eventually show marks from my fingers etc? What should I do to keep the overall look as pale and bleached as possible?

TattyCat Thu 03-Mar-16 10:28:15

Wax for protection. Research the best one for you to use but leaving it bare will eventually show marks. You can test on a hidden area underneath first to see what the effect will be, but there are lots of options that mean you don't have to varnish.

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