Wood Stains and Finishes
When it comes to the finished look for your
furniture, turn to wood stains and finishes. In addition to providing you with a
specific color, these finishes can protect your wood furniture so that it can
stand up to a lifetime of wear and tear while still looking its best.
There are several different types of options
available regardless if you are purchasing your wood furniture with a finish or
having to finish your furniture yourself. This latter option is growing in
popularity and a great way to save cash in your budget while achieving the exact
look that you want.
Stains are pigments that are applied directly to
the grain of wood to produce a unique color. Keep in mind that each color of
stain will affect different types of wood in different ways.
For this reason, test a small patch of wood before
committing to a stain. If you are completing the staining process yourself, your
local hardware, paint, or home improvement store will probably have a display
that features colors of stains on several different types of wood.
In addition to the traditional colors of stains
which usually mimic the hue of certain types of wood, there are now colored
stains that allow you to achieve the look of paint without losing the texture of
This is a fantastic option that works well in a
wide variety of decorating styles.
A finish is designed to go overtop of the stain
and protect the wood. These finishes can protect against stains, sun damage,
heat, and humidity, although other methods of care may need to be put in place
Oil finishes are a great way to top of the look of
a wooden piece of furniture while still providing proper protection. When the
finish needs rejuvenating, simply wipe it down with oil and it looks like new.
Linseed oil and tung oil are two of the most
popular types of oil to finish furniture, and both are widely available.
These days, varnish is usually the method of
choice for applying the finish to wooden furniture. Unlike oil finishes, a
varnished finish is permanent and requires only one step.
Furthermore, most varnishes do not need polishing,
so your wooden furniture keeps that brilliant shine all year round without any
To best protect your wood, consider applying
multiple layers of varnish, which will also increase the shine of your piece of