Wood furniture is treasured; and often passed down to younger generations, because it is so versatile and durable. Many people prize their wood furniture above any other pieces in their home, and will purchase unstained wood, simply for its traditional look, and its ability to stand the test of time.
DIY projects, such as staining your own wood furniture, can often save a good deal of money. However, it is good to follow instructions and jot down a few notes and suggestions. If wood furniture is not stained properly, it will only need to be redone in time; which then makes the process more expensive.
Tips For Staining Your Wood Furniture:
Test your stain on a piece of scrap wood that is the same type of wood as your furniture. This is the only way to see the true color of the stain before beginning your project.
Apply a coat of wood conditioner before staining. This helps to protect your furniture, and to keep the stain from soaking into the grains of the wood.
When using an oil-based stain, make sure to stir well before using. There are dyes and pigments combined with mineral spirits, that sink to the bottom of the can.
If you choose to use a brush to apply your stain, make sure you brush against the grain, as well as, with the grain. You can also use a rag to apply your stain. Don’t worry about being neat and precise; your main concern should be to get a good even coat of stain on your furniture. Allow it to set for a few minutes before wiping.
Remove any excess stain by wiping with the grain, only. By wiping in the direction of the wood grain, the stain is sure to get into the wood, instead of laying on top.
If you want to avoid the fumes that come with using an oil-based stain; choose a water-based solution for your woodwork.
Since a stain is only good for adding color to the wood; you will need to apply a finishing coat for shine and protection.
You are able to mix different color stains to create your own unique blend; just make sure they are both made by the same manufacturer.
You can store leftover stain in a dark, cool area. It will usually last a long time and remain of good quality. If your leftover stain has a skin of residue on top when you go to use it; it is best to throw it away. To avoid this type of spoiling, try to reseal your cans as tightly as possible.