Look at photographs of home interiors for up-to-date style ideas. If you prefer the look of wood grain, go with stain. To add intense colors, choose paint.
You’ll need stain and a top coat for stained wood, or primer and paint for solid colors. Choose the tint that fits your design vision and decide if you want a gloss, semi-gloss or matte finish.
An expert can recommend stains and finishes if you're unsure what to choose, and he or she will already have most of the necessary supplies on hand to get the job done properly.
Cover your carpeting with a drop cloth — unless it’s getting replaced — and tape areas that you don't want stained the night before the pro arrives. Clean your railings with a dry rag.
Your pro should use a fine-tipped brush — and a steady hand — to avoid getting paint on areas that you’ve already stained. Let the primer dry thoroughly.
Your handyman may need to wait overnight before applying a top coat or varnish for protection on the stained area. That gives you a chance to see the wood's true color.
Your pro will apply one or two coats of your paint color of choice. He or she may need to do several coats, so budget a few days for this project to reach completion when you're scheduling.
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Going from a dark stain to a light one often doesn't work.
Choose an oil-based stain for richer color, or acrylic for less odor.
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