Reactive Stains: Fumed Oak
The Old Village Design Studio™ has developed a process that brings the luxurious look of fumed oak to your home without the use of ammonia or toxic chemicals.
Fuming oak is a reactive stain process developed during the 19th century to give oak and some other high tannin woods an aged look by causing the tannins in wood to darken after exposure to ammonia. The Old Village Design Studio™ has developed a process to achieve similar results on a larger scale, in your home, and without the dangers of using ammonia or other toxic chemicals.
The process of fuming oak was developed in the mid 19th century and was popularized by Gustav Stickley and other furniture makers in the American Craftsman period. The process was supposedly discovered by observing that the beams in stables became darkened when exposed to horse urine, which contains ammonia. Woodworkers then developed the process, still used today, of exposing the unfinished wood to ammonia vapors in an enclosed space. This is a fairly easy process for small pieces of furniture or multiple pieces on an industrial scale, but it is impractical and dangerous when working on flooring or on other woodwork in a home.
The Old Village Design Studio™, led by Emilie Stulb, has developed a process that brings this same type of stain to oak as fuming, without the hazards of using ammonia or other toxic chemicals. We recently completed a barn to residence conversion project in Chester County, PA where we applied this type of stain to antique oak panels in the first floor entry way. They really turned out beautiful!
Emilie also developed a special wood wash process used on the shelves, cabinets, and drawer fronts in the library of this home. Tour the whole project here.
The Fumed Oak process is a beautiful new addition to the special finishes and decorative effects available through Old Village Master Painters and the Old Village Design Studio. Please Contact Us to see how we can bring these special finishes to your fine home.