Tips for Staining Wood

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From its home base in Hawthorne, New Jersey, Home Supply & Lumber Center has provided the materials, tools, and advice needed for home improvements for more than 35 years. Home Supply & Lumber stocks a broad range of high-quality stains and can help customers put them to effective use.

The process of staining wood begins with preparation of the surface itself. The wood first needs to be unfinished, as stains cannot be absorbed into a finished surface. Wood should be bare and prepared with sandpaper. Medium-grit sandpaper works best to begin, and fine-grit, 220-grade sandpaper finishes the job, leaving a smooth surface.

Experts recommend applying a thin layer of wood conditioner to the prepared surface before staining. After 15 minutes, the surface is ready to stain. Both cloths and brushes work well, although brushes often require a bit of extra pressure to work the stain into the open pores. This is particularly true for woods such as mahogany and oak, which have particularly large pores.

Once the wood is completely coated, immediately brushing off the stain will result in a lighter color. Those who prefer a darker stain may wish to leave the product on the wood for five to 10 extra minutes. Once the stain dries, a clear topcoat helps to protect the surface and create a more polished appearance.

Tips for Selecting an Interior Paint Color

Home Supply & Lumber Center of Hawthorne, New Jersey, provides a full array of paints and stains for home improvement projects. In addition, homeowners can turn to Home Supply & Lumber Center for the necessary tools for do-it-yourself painting, including brushes and roller covers, tapes, and spackles. Before stocking up on painting supplies, though, homeowners should learn about how to select the right colors for interior spaces.

Design experts note that homeowners who want to experiment with color may want to work with small spaces first. For example, they could paint a small powder room, hallway, or access wall. An element of the space’s décor, such as a piece of artwork or a rug, can be the source of a favorite paint color. In addition, homeowners should consider the mood of the space along with its lighting.

By painting a small area first, a homeowner can quickly determine if the paint selection is working in the space. If not, little time and effort has been invested, and it’s relatively easy to make a color change.