How To Apply Stain to Wood

Staining wood furniture can be a tedious process but the result is definitely rewarding. If you are staining old furniture, you save money on buying new ones. If you are staining new wood, it would be a joy to see yourself finish up a new cabinet or a new table. Sometimes there is wood furniture that is made of really good wood. These are usually the ones which use matured wood. It can be regretful to throw away good wood. Sometimes people have emotional attachments with it. Don’t throw it away because it can be re-stained. But before applying stain to your wood furniture, be sure to check these pointers:

  1. Choose your desired wood stain color. Be sure you know what color you want for your furniture. It will not matter whether the existing wood color is dark or light. If it is an existing dark colored wood, you can always bleach it first before staining. Always test the stain before applying it finally to your wood.
  2. Check your room temperature. Be sure your work area is in a comfortable temperature. Too hot or too cold may interfere with the stain’s drying time.
  3. Check all your materials. Do not start without completing your materials. The worse thing that can happen is having not enough wood stain liquid in the middle of staining it.
  4. Smooth it. Check your furniture or wood surface for any dents, discolorations or missing parts. Be sure to have it fixed or filled before beginning.

Now you are all ready to stain your wood. These steps will guide you along with the task:

  1. Prepare your wood. If the wood is already stained, colored or sealed, you need to sand it to achieve an even surface. Use high-quality sandpaper for longer use. If the wood is new, you can use finer sandpaper. Start sanding the surface in the direction of the wood grain. Always wipe or dust away the wood dust. The dust will create bumps in your stain. Clean the area after sanding.
  2. Apply your wood stain. Use a paintbrush to apply your first coating of stain. Be sure to wear a face mask to protect you from the fumes. Always work in a well-ventilated area.
  3. Wipe the stain. For every three strokes of application, wipe the stain with a rag or a piece of cloth in the direction of the wood grain. If you notice an uneven color or you put too much on one area, simply damp a different cloth with a small amount of thinner and sweep it over the excess area.
  4. Let it dry and seal. After you finish the application, let the wood dry for a few hours before sealing it varnish or wood polish to preserve your work.

When you invest work on something, it always adds up the value of that particular wood furniture. It is not that difficult to restore the wood furniture you always want to keep. You can now enjoy that piece of wood work for many years and can even pass it down to your children and grandchildren. You can be proud to say that you have kept it always looking like new.


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