DIY: Makeover of a Wooden Storage Bench
If you are exhausted of looking at the horrible wood bin you’ve been utilising as a storage box, however you don’t want to burn your money on a wooden storage bench. If you chose to simply give the bin a little makeover. It just took wood stain, burlap, clean white towels and to go from tiresome to adorable and still functional.
A wooden storage bench can give you numerous years of good service if you preserve it properly. Here are some steps to apply, simply and affordably, a new finish appearance to your wooden storage bench.
Things you’ll need
- Clean White Towel.
- Rust-Oleum Varathane Premium Wood Stain.
- Polyurethane/Spar Urethane.
Step 1 - Know Your Wood Type
- The initial step is to discover what kind of wood your bench is made of because this will influence the sort of stain you choose and the look you'll get after the project get finished. The most well-known woods contain softwoods (pine, fir, cedar) and hardwoods (oak, beech, elm, birch and walnut).
- Woods with an uneven grain are generally softwood and will stain unevenly. This lends a more natural look to the wood, however if you choose a cleaner look you can apply a pre-stain wood conditioner to the bench. The wood fibers absorb the conditioner, which helps the stain go down evenly on the wood.
- A more reliable pattern of grain is generally a hardwood. Hardwoods can take any stain well, yet remember that hardwoods like oak need more than one coat of stain. The final results, though, are very wonderful.
Step 2 – Give Final Touch to the Wood
- Clean the wooden bench so that it is free of grime, oil, and dust. Make a choice of sandpaper based on the look you need to make. Lower grit numbers make rougher surfaces that engross more stain. At that point when a piece of wood furniture takes on more stain it has a darker appearance.
- For a smoother-looking surface, go for sandpaper with an advanced grit number. When you utilize this kind of sandpaper the wood will absorb less stain resulting in a lighter color.
- For a flat wooden bench, utilize a lower grit sandpaper (60 to 80) to get rid of blemishes and scuffs. At that point utilize a higher grit number (100 or 120). For a medium depth of stain, this grit number is suitable, however if you need a lighter color try an even higher grit number. Sometimes it helps to try diverse looks on a scrap piece of paper before sanding and staining the actual bench.
- After you have done with sanding, wipe the entire bench down with a damp cloth to remove any remaining debris.
Step 3 – Staining
- Put on a pair of rubber gloves and blend the Rust-Oleum Varathane Premium wood Stain. Utilize a sponge, brush, rag, or cloth to apply the stain to the wood. Be generous with the amount of stain you utilize.
- Follow the natural grain of the wood in one gesture. Brush the entire bench as evenly as possible.
- After applying the wood stain, wait 5 to 15 minutes for the color to grip into the wood. If you want a darker color, wait a longer period of time. It's better to include less stain at first and afterward add more if you want a darker color.
- After you've finished staining, apply polyurethane wood varnish as shown in this video. If table is to be placed in outdoors, you should use spar urethane wood varnish.