In this section, you can find answers to common questions about staining reclaimed wood.
Can you stain reclaimed wood?
Yes, you can stain any kind of wood, including reclaimed wood. The right stain will enhance the look and character of the wood while providing a layer of protection.
What kind of stain to use on reclaimed wood?
We recommend Rubio hardwax oil. Not only does it look great, it’s also DIY-friendly. With a hardwax oil like Rubio, you can do spot repair maintenance over time or whenever you notice imperfections.
This means that if there’s a noticeable scratch, you can simply apply a small amount of stain to the area, buff it in, and it will look as good as new.
Another great brand to consider is General Finishes.
Should you paint or stain your reclaimed barn door?
Choosing between paint and stain comes down to preference. However, most people buy reclaimed wood because they love the distinctive features and history of the wood.
Staining brings out the features of the natural wood grain, knots, and character, enhancing its overall look. Painting will cover everything that’s visible on the wood’s surface, including its rustic characteristics.
How do you stain a barn door to look rustic?
Stain amplifies the grain and any markings on the wood, so you need to be sure your barn door has the surface texture and overall look you desire before you begin staining.
If your door is lacking in character, you can emboss the wood to distress it before applying the stain. Rough it up with a wire-brush, strike it with a hammer, take a drill bit or chain and go to town, marking up the wood to achieve an old-time look.
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What color should I stain my barn door?
The shade you choose comes down to your preference. There are many different color options, and colors can be combined for any shade or variation imaginable.
The best color for you will depend on what you like and on the existing look of your décor and space.
Do you apply stain with a brush or rag?
We recommend applying stain with an applicator pad and using a rag or terry cloth to wipe off the excess stain. Applicator pads are easy to use and inexpensive.
They’re also porous, so you won’t waste product as you would with a rag, which soaks up the stain. Avoid using a brush unless you want visible brush strokes on the finished product.
In this comprehensive guide, Reclaimed Barn’s DIY expert, Jerod McCluggage, walks us through the process of staining a wood barn door.
He emphasizes the importance of preparation, including cleaning the wood with a raw wood cleaner and optionally applying a base tone with pre-color.
The staining process itself involves spreading a small amount of stain evenly across the wood, allowing it to penetrate for 1-3 minutes before wiping it off.
Understanding how the stain will dry and react with the wood is critical to achieving a uniform color and shade. Following these steps will ensure a beautifully finished door that adds a rustic touch to your space.