Log furniture can be a great addition to any home providing rustic charm to both your indoor and outdoor living areas…
When buying log furniture you can usually specify whether you want it to be stained or left ‘unfinished’. Many people prefer to stain their own log furniture in order to save money and get the specific color and finish that they desire. This article will outline how-to stain log furniture.
Plan and Prepare
Before starting the process of staining log furniture, it is important to prepare the surroundings. If you are working indoors, place something underneath the furniture to protect your floor or carpet. Also, ensure that there is adequate ventilation in the room. If you are planning on working outdoors make sure that the furniture will be sufficiently protected from the elements while you are busy. Adequately preparing your workspace will allow the job to progress quicker and easier.
Divide and Conquer
Begin by cleaning the log furniture first. This can be done by light sanding, which should be done evenly across the entire surface of the furniture. It is best to perform this process by hand so that you have more control. When refinishing log furniture clean out any dirt or grime that might have accumulated it the nooks and cranny’s, and be sure to remove all the dust created by sanding. If working with bedroom furniture like nightstands or dressers, be sure to separate the parts like drawers in order to assure complete coverage and work more comfortably.
Test the Tint
Next, read the instruction label that comes with your stain to see if any other special preparation is needed. Since staining your log furniture is going to influence the color of the wood, it is important to make sure you will be satisfied with the effect. It is wise to perform a color test first by applying the stain to a small section on the underside of your log furniture where it will not be visible during normal use. This allows you to see how the finished product will look.
Stain that Grain
Once you are ready to start the staining process stir the stain properly and apply the first coat. Apply the stain evenly and try to prevent overlapping strokes when using your brush. It is easiest to start with the underside of the furniture and then the side sections before finishing with the top areas. If you prefer, you can also use a rag to apply the stain to the wood instead of a brush. When using this method it is important to wipe off any excess stain after you have rubbed it into the wood.
After you have applied your first coat, leave the log furniture to dry first and absorb the stain. The duration will depend on the type of wood that the furniture is made from and the type of stain you use. Sometimes a simple, all-in-one stain and sealer like Superdeck for wood is the best option.
One more for the road…
To achieve a richer color depth for your stained log furniture and to ensure that the stain will last longer, you can apply a second coat once the first coat has dried completely. For the best results leave the log furniture to dry overnight and then lightly sand it again the next day before applying the second coat.
Once you are satisfied with the finish you can seal the log furniture using polyurethane or a good quality log sealer. Polyurethane and log sealers will assure your finish will last longer. This is especially useful if the furniture is going to be used outdoors.
Staining your own log furniture can be a rewarding process in and of itself. But if you do not have the time or desire to stain log furniture yourself, there are many places like oak bedroom furniture that will assist you with a wide selection of quality finished furniture without any fuss.