Match new stain to old wood
Blending oil stains to match a previously stained surface requires trial and error, but by learning some simple techniques, you can reduce the error part.
Spin the wheel of finish
Use these stain-matching tips to replace broken or missing parts, or to make new furniture match existing furniture or trimwork.
Let's say you want to match a new oak table to an existing baseboard. You must first determine which colors went into the baseboard.
Start with a finisher's color wheel, shown below right. This handy tool represents common pigments such as umber, cordovan, sienna, and ochre -- fancy names for brown, red, orange, and yellow. These colors are printed on the rim of the inner wheel, and again on the outer wheel. When you line up different pairings on the rims, small windows in the inner wheel show how the blend creates a third color.
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