Friday, December 9, 2011

Staining Wood Furniture - Distressing And A Few Other Beneficial Advice To Help Enrich The Overall Look Of The Piece.

By Daniel Turbin

If you've have a recent stroll through a "standard" furniture store lately (no bare wood furniture in sight), you've possibly observed that many of the more admired items are "weathered" or "distressed." It's the furniture equivalent of "stone washed jeans."

Unfortunately, because the distressing is done via machine, there's always a discernable pattern found in it, and this, in my mind, makes it almost certainly not worth buying.

At this time, most people who gravitate toward bare wood furniture are independent do-it-yourselfers, and will always be on the lookout for advice and methods to assist make the results of their hobby much more striking than ever. If you'd like to give your furniture a nice, really random distressed appearance, this suggestion could be just what you've been looking for.

Before you get to the step of staining wood furniture, just take a 3'-4' length of chain and work the furniture over with moderately hard blows. Not excessively hard, as we don't wish to crack anything, but definitely hard enough to leave marks! Distress your bare wood furniture to taste, then sand and stand as typical. The "bruises" and indentations will be differently colored and the overall effect will be a rough, weathered look that's quite appealing.

If the thought of beating the daylights out of your beautiful piece of bare wood furniture gives you the willies, I'd recommend practicing on a test board, then staining and noting the results, as there's definitely no taking it back once the deed is done! And if you are still uneasy about using that recommendation, here is one that may be better to your liking.

When sanding in preparation for staining wood furniture, often it happens. As you're bent over the wood, that bead of sweat that was building up on your forehead decides it is no longer content there, and splat! Right onto the wood. If you just stain it at this point, you will have a watermark where the stain reacts visibly differently to that spot of the wood, so what to do?

Fine, you can just write it off as a "character mark" and have done with it, but if you would rather minimize its impact, finish sanding and wipe the piece with a tack cloth. After that, clean the entire piece again, this time with a lightly damp rag. Let dry entirely before proceeding. You may not be able to take the drop of sweat back, but you can minimize its presence with this simple trick.

These are but two things you can do before or during the process of staining wood furniture to aid enrich the overall look of the piece.

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