This weekend Pen Y Llechwedd, saw some DIY. I turned my hand at staining our little hall table. When we originally bought this hall table, it had been stained a typical brown. We immediately gave it a good sand and then this is how it stayed oh for about 6 months now.
Our intention was always to stain the table black, it was just low on the priority list. We were happy with how it looked as it was.
I did enjoy the experience of staining the table, it was really quite easy. The preparation had already been done, in having sanded it down, so all it needed was a quick wipe over, before applying the stain. When sanding down timber that has previously been stained, it is essential to be sure that you sand out all of the original stain, so as not to have differences in appearance in the finished result.
Applying the stain was easy, simply wet a sponge or cloth with the stain, and apply liberally with the grain of the timber. Allow the stain to sit for 2-5 minutes and then wipe off any excess.
The most difficult part was ensuring the groves in the legs were stained, in this part I just made sure the cloth was extra wet and squeezed it in.
After allowing to dry, you could paint a laquer over the stain to produce a shiny result, however we didn’t do this. I am still undecided as to if I will do this or not. So we moved the table back inside, a little styling and it’s done.
Have you ever stained timber? Do you think it’s a job you would try?