And here’s a tip: you know how the end grains always end up darker than the rest of the wood?

I tried my hand at white-washing (this staining adventure was just chock-full of firsts!

This house has great bones and a lot of space, but the previous occupants’ design choices were, um… questionable. Just like you shouldn’t paint something without priming it first, you shouldn’t stain without first conditioning your wood. I had found you sooner but we did a lot of the same things you did finally ending up with a beautiful white/grey stained finish and now wondering about the final finish.

You could keep a basket of logs on the fireplace hearth, or baskets of small miscellany on the shelves, or even a basket on the coffee table to hide the remote controls. Woven blankets in a southwestern pattern, for example, would look great folded and stacked neatly on a wooden shelf. You also need to decide whether to add a stain to it afterward, which will mute or age the color(s) you’ve selected. This sideboard mixes distressed wood doors with contemporary style for a timeworn yet formal look. While the stripper is still wet, use the brush to remove paint in areas the putty knife cannot reach and to give it an overall scrub. In this step, begin to add your creativity and start to outline the direction for the final look. This type of projects always takes 2 to 3 times longer than you may think, especially if the techniques are new to you. When one coat dries, add additional coats to achieve a deeper, more striated effect, or overlay a different color of stain for a layered look.

Paint finish sand

rustic yet refined wood finish

I asked her if she would take photos of the finishing process and do a finish tutorial for us. Don’t use a belt sander; a palm sander is plenty powerful for furniture pieces like this one.

Just like you shouldn’t paint something without priming it first, you shouldn’t stain without first conditioning your wood. I made sure to go slow and steady, so as not to overwork the urethane and cause bubbles, but fast enough that it didn’t dry and leave lap lines.

Don’t use a belt sander; a palm sander is plenty powerful for furniture pieces like this one.

This house has great bones and a lot of space, but the previous occupants’ design choices were, um… questionable.

Did you wait 8 hours on the oak stain to dry like you did on the walnut stain before you did the white wash?

Consider finding a way to incorporate reclaimed barn wood (or driftwood, or similar) into your space.

If you want the rubbed-off areas to reveal bare wood, the technique requires only one coat. If the object already has a finish (previously painted or varnished), sand all surfaces well. Our instructions and tips make it easy to give new life to an old bookshelf that needed just a bit of freshening up.

Once you have the majority of the paint off, wipe the chair down with a wet rag and/or steel wool to remove any remaining stripper and paint, and to prevent the stripper from drying on the wood surface.

If there are any slightly rough areas, use painter’s masking paper in the same manner as sandpaper, as it acts like a super-fine sandpaper and makes the surface slick. The effect can be subtle or dramatic, depending how much of the existing wood you allow to show through the topcoats.

Regardless of what clear top coat you select, be it matte or high-gloss, a foam brush will make application easy and even.

Source: https://www.pinterest.com/eegoes/stains/