Licking a table - how does it work?


Chalked wood has a very special optical effect, which is between very high quality and slightly antique. You can easily lime wood yourself. How to do that, what species of wood are suitable and what you always have to pay attention to when limescale, read in this post.

Effect of liming

Limescale stores white (or other color) particles directly into the pores of the wood. This leads to a color change within the grain. In addition to the very commonly used Weißkalkpasten you can also use other shades. The choices are mainly pastel shades.

Suitable types of wood

Since the storage of the color particles in the pores of the wood, suitable for the liming (in the jargon also called "patination") especially large-pored hardwood species. These are essentially:

  • Oak (limed oak is traditional and common)
  • ash-tree
  • elm

Limes and stains

You can pickle the wood before limescale - but you do not have to. But stain can ensure that the final result looks visually impressive.

It is important to use only water-soluble stains. Solvent-based stains are not suitable if it is to be chalked afterwards.

Lime wooden table - step by step

  • Lime paste (finished product), often called "pore filler"
  • abrasive paper
  • Shellac primer (if also stained)
  • Wood wax or shellac polish for the final surface treatment
  • wire brush
  • sharpener
  • clean linen cloth
  • soft cloths for wiping
  • Sanding fleece (320er)

1. Prepare the table

Remove all metal parts, fittings and the like. Then you have to grind the table thoroughly. Sand very finely with 240 grit.

2. Stain the table

This step can be omitted if you do not want to. If you still bite, then seal the dried stain with shellac primer (important, never omit!). The primer coat must then fully cure (for at least 24 hours).

3. Apply pore filler

Carefully rub the lime paste into the wood with a coarse cloth. Remove excess carefully (also across the fiber). After application, rub one time (!) Carefully in the fiber direction.

4. Polish and protect

After drying the compound (at least 24 hours), polish the surface until it is shiny and protect it with either shellac polish or suitable wood wax (recommended).

Tips & Tricks

Make sure that oiled wood can not be whitewashed. Even if you grind the surface, the oil is usually too deeply penetrated to allow a clean pickling or liming.


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