What is fiber rush? It's basically just twisted up brown paper... so you can imagine why it might need some protection, especially when used on furniture that you will really use!
To protect from minor spills, and gentle wear, a clear coat of polyurethane or shellac are likely what you're looking for... But there are a few other things to consider! Shellac is an all natural product (made from bugs) and comes in both clear and amber color. You can purchase it already mixed, or mix your own using the shellac flakes and denatured alcohol (not the kind you probably have in your medicine cabinet). Either way, this will give you a shiny finish that will retain it's color over time.
If you prefer a product that cleans up easy (soap and water) and gives you the option for a satin or gloss finish, you may want to choose the poly. This is available just about everywhere you can find stain, and is available in small amounts so you can give it a try without spending too much!
But what if I want to dramatically change the color of my fiber rush? Well, there are any number of dyes that can be used to color paper, but in order to find something that would hold it's color over time I tried wood stain. Wood stain comes in so many colors now it's amazing! Two that I find myself using most often are a very dark brown/black called "ebony" and a light gray called "sun bleached". The challenge in using these is that you will want to brush it on, and then wipe off the excess. The good news is that in most cases you can achieve the desired look in just one application!
|I tested each finish by wrapping a small amount of fiber rush around a paint stick. I left enough room on the handle to write the names of each finish so I could use as a reference later!|
|Here's my latest project, just awaiting the finish!|
So what did I choose? I went with the gloss poly for my latest project... giving me an almost bamboo looking finished seat, which I love against the dark walnut finish on the frame... and yes, this one will be listing soon in my etsy shop;D
OK, that's all for now; on to the next project! Want to know what it is? Follow me on twitter for sneak peeks and updates! If you're just looking for DIY inspiration, stayed tuned @ dawntoussaint.com for more on my DIY projects through the year! And if you're looking to get some of the items you've seen here, on twitter, or on my boards, just head over to my etsy shop!