Getting ready to start your unfinished furniture project is the second most important step after finding your perfect furniture piece. It is said, “by failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” If this is your first time staining wood, the last thing we want for you to do is feel like you didn’t know everything you could have. DIY furniture can be one of the most rewarding projects when the end result is exactly what you envisioned. Let’s jump into “Getting Prepared” to stain your unfinished wood furniture piece.
What’s in your stain kit? Well, there are some essentials that are a must. You can easily get started with a stain kit from our site, but feel free to pick and choose the products you are most comfortable with. These are easy to pick up at a local hardware store.
Expert craftsman Bruce Johnson shares a few of his top tips on staining preparation.
Before starting any wood finishing project, it’s important to have a proper workspace and supplies. When creating the ideal area, keep the following in mind:
Most unfinished pieces need additional fine sanding before finishing to avoid surface fuzz or roughness that will show when the stain is applied. You should always sand in the direction of the grain. Pine, Alder and Parawood should be sanded with medium sandpaper, generally no finer than 180-grit.
If wood fill has been used to cover nicks or holes, be sure the residue has been sanded well. If not, the area around the fill will not stain properly and may have a blotchy look. A nifty trick to spot glue and/or putty marks is using a black light if one is available.
We hope that you take the proper preparation steps before starting your unfinished furniture stain project. And we’re always here to answer any questions you may have about how to stain your unfinished furniture piece before or after your purchase from us.
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