During the last two days I did some wood staining on the doors for our bathroom closet, and that what it looks like:
Here, in the foreground, one of the doors – as yet untreated, except for some sanding. As we had had the doors for quite a while, there were of course fingerprints and spots on the wood which had to be removed. But that was easier and went better than I had thought, especially with our electrical sander.
After sanding, I treated the wood with a primer, and then with the stain [red Mahogany], and here’s what a door looks like now:
At first, when applying the stain, I was really worried that it might be too dark. It was such a dark red colour that it looked almost black. But after wiping the excess off, the wood looked really like what we had expected and will fit in nicely with the colour of our vanity. In fact, I’m quite pleased with the outcome. The job, btw, was easier than I had thought. This is not like a paint that’ll dry, and as long as you apply the stain fairly evenly – rather more than less of it – there will be no different shades in the finish. And it also doesn’t matter for how long you let tghe stain sit on the wood. You just – about 10 to 15 minutes after applying it – wipe off the excess with a soft cloth. And now I’m thinking of applying a clear coat of finish, so that there will be no fingerprints nor spots later.
Btw, I should also have taken a picture of my hands before and after: they have got quite a bit of stain on them, too. 😉
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