Staining wood surfaces is one of the most popular ways of adding color and flavor to a wooden furnishing. That being said, you need to make sure you’re doing it the right way. Wood stained the right way can add class and vibrancy to any interior. Wood stained the wrong way can be an embarrassing blemish on your home décor.
This guide can help ensure that your wood staining follows the former pattern rather than the latter. Here’s how you can stain your wood surfaces in style.
Get the Necessary Tools
First things first – for every task there is a proper tool, and you’ll need several here to get started. Among the tools you’ll want to have on hand are a sander, a clean paintbrush, and a rag to wipe away any excess staining.
Sand the Wood
You’ll next want to sand the wood surface in question. That said, you don’t want to overdo it. A little light sanding should be enough.
Why sand your wood?
You want to make sure that the sure that the wood is clean and smooth as possible. In addition, you need to make sure that your wood is receptive to staining, and that means ensuring that there is nothing blocking the stain from the wood. For example, you’ll need to make sure that any and all paint, finish, gloss, or other agents which cover the wood are completely sanded away. The stain needs to be able to make direct contact with the wood and seep into the pores in order to be effective.
Stain It and Let It Dry
Now that you have the tools you need and have prepared the wood, it’s time to move on to the staining itself. Take your time and make sure that you add the stain evenly with smooth, clean brush strokes up and down the wood surface. Let it sit and dry in a dry, ventilated area.
You’ll also want to be careful about mixing different stains. It can be done, but you need to keep in mind the different consistency and makeup of each stain. For example, water and oil do not mix, nor do oil and water-based stains.
Those are just the basics. In order to get the most out of your staining efforts, you’ll want to heed the following extra tips:
Following these tips can help ensure that you are able to stain your wood in a lasting and elegant way.