HOW TO STAIN A DESK
If you have been following along with my journey in making a two person desk with my husband, then this post is about the final steps – staining and finishing. If you have not and would like to know our beginning steps in HOW TO MAKE A TWO PERSON DESK click HERE. Otherwise if you are wondering how to stain a desk or anything else you might have then here we go!
Once we had the desk assembled and sanded, the next and final steps were to stain and seal it. Before you even start staining, I would recommend using a shop vacuum or any vacuum you may have to get the extra dust from the sanding off. We had a shop vacuum that I bought for my husband for Christmas, which was a Ridgid and that has worked well for us. If you are looking for a good one you can click HERE. Once that is complete you are go to go to start staining.
We have a lot of lighter color wood in our home so we thought it would be a nice change and try something darker. We used a Rust-Oleum wood stain and the color we chose was called Kona, if you like this stain from the pictures you see you can buy it HERE.
When staining I used any clean brush we had and an old cloth or rag. The rag is to rug the stain into the wood so it doesn’t go on so heavy and dark, you would be surprised how a little stain goes along way!
I started staining the bottom of the table first, then the legs and once that was done I flipped it over to complete the top and the sides. I would recommend if it’s your first time staining or if you are afraid of messing up to start in a spot where no one can see it, that way you get the hang of it!
Using the rag and going as light as I could on the stain I was still able to get the wood grain to show through, which I tend to prefer. If you don’t like the wood grain to show through as much then apple more. If you added too much stain and would like to make it lighter you can use a product called mineral spirits, click HERE if you need any. It works wonders!
Once the staining was done and dry, I waited till the next day you can apply a top sealant. This allows the colors to “pop” more and for the whole table to have a smoother finish. We used Minwax Polyurethane Clear Semi-Gloss that works great and we have used on other projects. If you are needing some click HERE. (picture) instead of a bristle brush like I used for the staining, I used a sponge brush (see picture) that allowed the gloss to go on smoother and more even. A regular brush will work fine too if that’s all you have.
Here is the difference that the Polyurethane Clear Semi-Gloss has on the table already! Huge difference!
You’re able to be more generous and careless (or maybe that’s what I’m telling myself!) than you are with the stain. Since it is clear gloss you can brush it around more easily and not worry about messing up!
Once the Polyurethane has dried, use a soft sandpaper and sand it smooth and to get rid of any bumps or air bubbles on the table. Then apply a second coat (which will make the top of the table smooth) and once that has dried you are done!
Here is the finished table!
Again if you would like to read and learn how we started the process of building the two person table, click HERE to be taken to the post.
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