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Desk with Rust-Oleum Wood Stain

It is so easy to stain pine or meranti in wood tints or colours to give it a finish that looks like anything but inexpensive wood!


Hard to believe this desk is made using meranti. This wood is slightly more expensive than pine, but definitely a more durable wood for furniture. Whether you make furniture using meranti or pine, it's nice to know you can finish the furniture so that it resembles a more expensive hardwood.

Once finished, the desk looks like a vintage piece, especially when it is stained with Rust-Oleum Ultimate Wood Stain in Bard Red and Carbon Grey.




1. Put down a drop cloth before you start, so that you floors are protected.

2. Take the time to sand down the desk properly. Start with 120-grit sandpaper or sanding pads and then finish off with 180- or 240-grit sandpaper.

GOOD TO KNOW: Always sand in the direction of the wood grain. This is important when applying a stain as it allows the stain to penetrate properly into the wood.

GOOD TO KNOW: Wipe away all traces of dust before you move on to the next step.





3. On this desk the top was stained with Rust-Oleum Wood Stain in Barn Red. Use a stir stick to ensure the stain is thoroughly mixed as it does tend to sit at the bottom of the can and this will affect the colour intensity when applied.

4. Use lint-free cloths to apply a liberal amount of stain onto the top of the desk. It is easier to apply if you work in manageable sections.

GOOD TO KNOW: Always apply the stain in the same direction as the wood grain.

5. Allow the stain to sit on the surface of the wood top for about 5 minutes before using a lint-free rag to wipe away excess stain.

6. Now you are ready to apply the Carbon Grey wood stain to the bottom of the desk. Follow the same method as above.

7. Once the wood stain is completely dry, apply your choice of polyurethane sealer. Rust-Oleum have a gloss and matte polyurethane sealer that is easy to apply.

The finished desk is now ready for use and looks gorgeous in red and grey.



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