The wood is Merbau, a reddish-brown hardwood and the underside is unfinished and has grooves in it to connect with the other pieces for making a floor. I was excited to use the underside as the front of a chandelier because I thought it looked really rustic and kind of industrial which is the look I love so much.
So I tried out the charcoal stain on the Merbau and it turned out pretty cool. Because the wood is darker than the birch plywood I've been staining, it looks very different.
|On the left side is 2 coats of the Minwax Charcoal stain, middle is 1 coat, and on the right is the original color of the wood|
I also tried staining the Merbau wood in Ebony and it turned out fantastic. Here is a fixture I made with one 4ft panel of the floor with the pendant Edison bulbs:
More posts to come very soon! I am aiming to finish the chandelier with the raw gemstones this week so pics are coming shortly.