August 19, 2013
Staining: A New Love Story
Happy Monday everyone. I hope this post finds you well. :-)
As I may have mentioned to you before, I've got about a BAZILLION projects going on in my home right now. (Give or take a few.) And, among those bazillion, are several staining projects.
I'm new to staining, so these projects are very exciting for me. I've always been a painting kinda girl, but my husband's been showing me the "staining ropes," and I. AM. LOVING IT!
Honestly, I was always a bit scared of staining for some reason. Not sure why. I guess I thought it would take so much more refined skill than it actually does.
Now that I'm staining though, I am SO impressed with how inexpensive it is, and how PRICELESS. It's amazing what it can do for an old, or even new, piece of furniture.
*OK, stop blabbing Ashley.*
IT'S PICTURE TIME!
Here is the first piece of furniture I ever stained:
Here is the before and after of the bench:
There's a tiny uncovered spot at the top right of the bench, because the glue used to hold the frame together just REFUSES to absorb the stain in that spot. If I really wanted to, I could dabble some dark paint in that area.
But, I don't mind it. So, I'm gonna leave it. And I'll call it "charm." :-)
Now, I'm gonna rewind a second, just to share the most important DIY details I can remember.
Here we go:
- All it took to get from before to after was a little bit of sanding, one coat of staining, and then PATIENCE. I used this Ebony stain.
- And I definitely wore some latex gloves, because I am MESSY. And you do NOT want to get stain on your skin.
- I put the stain on the furniture with a cut-up, old t-shirt. I simply dipped the shirt into the can, and then rubbed on the Ebony... getting a nice even coat of prettiness on the shelf and bench. :-)
- After letting it dry for 24 hours,
Imy husband did a light sanding over everything, and then one coat of polyurethane.
- I waited another 24 hours and then did a second coat of poly, only this time just on the top of the bench. I didn't want the piece to be too shiny, but the top definitely needed the extra poly protection.
- Also, I made sure to cover the ground of the work space, to catch drips. And I did the work in my OPEN garage, because man -- this stuff can get stinky!!
Here's a look at the work in progress, on the floating shelf:
I am SO excited with how this project turned out. Here it is again, all finished and wonderful:
I absolutely cannot wait to decorate it!!
Maybe after this post :-).
But, first ...
It's time to show you my second staining project EVER. This is a BEFORE picture:
My father-in-law actually built what you see up there. It's very old, and it was in desperate need of some TLC.
So, THIS journey started with a lot more sanding than the last:
She eventually ran off though, and out came the power sander:
My husband did most of the sanding for me (again) because, honestly, I HATE sanding. I know it's so worth it, but it is SO my least favorite part of any project. YUCK.
Yay for husbands :-).
My mother-in-law was around to help me stain this beauty! She used a rag and I used a small sponge brush like this one:
|I bought mine at Lowes|
After staining, I wiped a clean rag over everything. Let it dry for 24 hours. And then it was time for a coat of polyurethane!
I may do another on the top of the bench, for extra protection. But here it is one coat in:
I'm really happy with how well it turned out! It still looks old school to me, but in a clean way. :-)
Here's the back-to-back before and after:
And here's a close up before and after of the top. No more scratches and unsightly blemishes:
Needless to say, I will definitely keep this staining streak on a roll.
BUT, in the meantime, if YOU'VE got a piece of furniture lying around your home right now, whispering to you: "Sand me, stain me ... give me a makeover." Then go! Get at it! ;-)