The top of the desk had some water damage and trying to sand it down and stain was more of a problem than I expected...so instead we decided to paint the top of the desk chalkboard and the rest we stained. It's 99% done but I do have 2 spots where I need to fix a staining problem that we didn't notice until now and I need to glue down a piece of wood at the bottom that is broken.
if you are looking to stain a piece of furniture (I have done it many times) but here are my tips:
- use an old sock (put it on your hand), it works best for me however wear a plastic glove underneath so your hand doesn't turn the color of the stain.
- ALWAYS GO WITH THE GRAIN.
- really drain off the excess stain on something before placing it on the furniture so you get a clean (non-splotchy) coat.
- don't drench the piece of furniture with stain. wood can only handle so much stain at once. Instead wait for it to dry and do multiple coats.