How to Build a Canopy Bed Frame Part 3: Wood Finishing How to Build a Canopy Bed Frame Part 3: Wood Finishing

What You'll Need
Stain in a color of your choice Paint stick Sandpaper Lint-free rags Foam application brushes Paint tray Drop cloth to protect the floor Newspaper Finishing product

You have just constructed a beautiful canopy bed frame. The headboard is in place and the touches of classic woodworking accent the styling. There is one final step you will need to finish building your canopy bed. You have to stain it to match the décor in your home. This final step is fairly easy to do and will make your canopy bed look like it belongs in a furniture showroom.

Step 1—Prepare Your Workspace

Work outside to cut down on clean-up time. If that is not an option, select an area that is well ventilated and away from foot traffic. A few canvas drop cloths or sheets are the best choice to place under the bed. Cover any other furniture or belonging that you don’t want to get covered in dust. Cover any other furniture or belonging that you don’t want to get covered in dust.

      Step 2—Sand the Bed

      You will need to lightly sand the piece to a smooth finish. Use a gentle hand when sanding to avoid grooves or uneven areas. Wipe the dust off of the bed with a lint-free rag. First go over it with a damp rag, and then a dry one. 

      Step 3—Stir the Stain

      Open the stain can and stir because the pigment will be at the bottom of the can. It is best to have chosen a stain that doesn’t have a varnish included. This type of stain doesn’t allow for wiping, therefore, you won’t be able to customize the depth of color. Once the stain is thoroughly mixed, pour a small amount into the paint tray. Be sure to stir the stain regularly so that the color is the same on the entire bed. 

      Step 4—Apply the Stain

      Apply the stain in small sections and wipe off the stain after application. This will remove any excess and prevent a sticky finish. Once you have applied one coat, let the bed dry and assess the color. If you’d like a darker finish apply another coat of stain. Make sure to wipe off the excess during application. It will take about 24 hours for the bed to complete dry. If you live in a humid climate, allow for more drying time.

      Step 5—Apply Finish Coat

      Once your bed is dry, you can check for rough areas. Run your hand across the bed and lightly sand the areas that aren’t smooth to the touch. Be careful with because if you sand too much you will have to re-stain the bed. Once you are done, you can apply two coats of water based polyurethane. Let the finish coat dry according to manufacturer’s instructions. 

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