With a small amount of effort you can make your wood look great by staining your posts and shelves.
Staining timber posts brings out the character of each piece of cut timber. The timber knots are particularly interesting. The knots are the curves and bends in the wood grain that make timber the best material to work with for display.
Applying a stain helps prolong the use of your wood post for years. It also protects the timber from cracking and drying.
The stain I use is Briwax made from soft beeswax and cleans, stains and polishes timber in one product.
Benefits of Wood Stain using Briwax
- Looks great – brings out character of the wood
- Protects the wood from drying out
- Like a soft toothpaste consistency, not water – very easy to apply with a clean cloth
- One coat is usually enough
- Dries quick
- Various stain colours to suit your other furniture
- Works well on new timber
Oil Based Stains
Oil based stains can be watery and need several coats of sealer. This makes it time consuming and tricky to get the colour right. But Briwax feels like soft toothpaste making it easy to apply using a cloth. Often I use old cut up clothes. Also, one application of Briwax is often enough!
Unlike oil based water stains, Briwax also doesn’t leave a lap line in the timber. You can start and stop staining as you like.
Tips for using Briwax Stain
Briwax Before and After
Get a great professional looking result without the hassle of using oil based stains. For the home weekend warrior, it’s a huge time saver.
Briwax Colour Chart
Supplies Needed to Stain and Polish Wood
Step By Step Instructions
You don’t need a lot of Briwax. Less is best because finished wood has very little exposed grain for the was to adhere to.
Test a small area of the wood.
Apply a small amount of briwax in the direction of the wood grain using a cotton cloth (or cut up old clothes).
Remove any excess build up of stain using a cloth.
Give the stained timber 1-2 hours to dry. I find one coat is enough to bring out the colour.
After the stain dries, give the wood a final light polish using a clean cloth (or cut up old clothes).
You will notice after a few hours there is a waxy feel to the wood which sinks into the wood over time.
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