Painting your finished wood projects is an important step if you wish to build long lasting beautiful looking woodwork. Whether your wood sits inside or outside, either painting or staining is an essential last step in all woodworking projects. So what types of stain and paint options do you have when it comes to sealing?
For small things that typically sit indoors like shelves, it’s not necessary to stain them. However, if you wish to bring out the wood grain and match other trim in your house, it’s recommended. You can use a rub on stain which you can apply with a rag. Apply it in circular motions for best results. Your other option is to paint it with just any old paint. In this case, you should prime it beforehand. If you want to save money and time, spray painting is a great option for small objects like shelves.
Mailboxes are another thing that you commonly build out of wood. These, like shelves can be either painted or stained, depending on your preference. Again, using a rub on stain is much easier than applying it with a brush. You’ll have to re-sand and re-apply the stain every couple years as it fades. The sun and other weather conditions will slowly cause the color to fade and wear away the finish.
When you think of a shed, you may think of vinyl or metal. However, many sheds built out of wood. These structures when properly taken care of can last through the ages. Proper staining and finishing is essential to prevent the wood from rotting away. Properly staining and finishing your shed every couple years will keep the color rich and full, no matter how old it is.
Whatever choice you pick, there’s no argument that building with wood is harder to maintain than other materials. However, it’s worth the effort, wood has natural beauty and can give your house a more lavish appeal. The best part of wood is that no matter the condition, it can be restored to look as good as it did from day one. All it takes is some sanding, paint, and elbow grease.