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If you want to match the finish of a particular piece of furniture, the Finisher’s Colorwheel will help you get close, even if you know nothing about matching color.

To find the right mixture, turn the inside wheel and look for the closest color to appear in one of the windows. The color wheel will tell you how to mix the color using standard liquid dyes, powder dyes, or liquid stains in the following colors: white, raw umber, french yellow ochre, burnt sienna, cordovan, burnt umber, raw sienna, black, yellow, green, red, and orange.

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If you like the look of distressed furniture and you don’t have any kids around to destroy it for you naturally, you can pick up this distressing tool kit from Varathane. The kit includes a worm holing tool for mimicking insect holes and a distressing tool for making dents and divots in the furniture.

Right now it looks like the kit is only available from Woodcraft and they’ll charge you $25 before shipping, but frankly you could probably save some money by using a scratch awl to simulate insect holes and string some old nuts, washers, and wing nut onto a length of wire to make the dents and divots.

Distressing Tool Kit [Woodcraft]

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Make your paint and other finishes last longer with a two-second blast of Bloxygen before you seal the container. The heavier-than-air, pure argon sinks to the surface of the liquid and displaces oxygen, which can cause the finish to cure in the can. As a result you’ll have less skinning, thickening, and spoiling.

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