When we took on this job, we were both surprised to see three church pews turned into a storage unit. The middle pew had been removed and a flat surface serving as a lid turned these pews into a place to store chairs and toys for Sunday School. The client requested that the new unit be matched into the supporting pews.
The colour matching process began with the application of a coat of shellac French Polish, a classical technique for enhancing colour in any wood. The shellac brings new life to aged wood, returning vibrancy and highlighting the details of the grain. This process provides a good foundation for building to the final finish.
As you can see from the pictures, dark knots and highlighted streaks in the grain create a unique colouration. A single coat of oil would fail to produce the desired effect, instead multiple coats of natural oils and pigments were applied. Patches of darker pigments were blended together with the oil applications in order to complete the process and produce a seamless colour match to the original pews.