I own an old EXPEDIT which I would like to match my dining table. I stained the table (oak) some months ago.
Have you any ideas on how to stain an EXPEDIT shelf? Or other ideas how to get a similar look?
Thank you all!
Glad you’re thinking of updating your EXPEDIT. That old bookshelf is a keeper.
The EXPEDIT has a laminated veneer finish which doesn’t allow stains to, well, stain. Stain works by seeping into the fibre and grains of wood and leaving a layer of pigment. Stain will simply not be able to penetrate this top layer well.
Finally, a little inspiration to get you going on your project.
Inspo to Paint Expedit
Flat paint may not give you the “oak grain” that you want to match your dining table. Mary created a faux wood top for her MALM dresser (which is also covered in veneer) with multi-sealer and gel stain.
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