How To Stain Baseboard Molding How To Stain Baseboard Molding
Staining your baseboard molding is a great way to add to the décor of your room. Baseboard molding can be a simple method to hide the line where the wall and floor connect or be an elaborate and decorative accent to the room. Your choice for staining it will dictate how well it either blends with the surroundings or stands out. With a little know-how and the proper materials you can complete this do-it-yourself project successfully.
Types of Wood Stain
There are basically two types of wood stain:
- Film-forming – are stains that form protective layers on wood surfaces creating a high-gloss and durable finish. These stains can be quite expensive and are used primarily for high-end wood furniture.
- Penetrating – are stains that seep into the wood allowing for extended protection below the surface area. These make for excellent outdoor use available helping to prevent mildew.
Do You Choose Water or Oil Based?
- Water based – These type stains are easy to clean up leaving no strong odors at all.
- Oil based – These types are easy to work with and long drying time makes for great forgiving qualities that can be corrected before the stain sets.
Step 1 – Choose a Stain
You can be directed in your decision-making process by what you wish to accomplish. Do you want strictly functional or do you desire an added decorative element to the room? If purely functional, select a color that helps the molding blend into the wall. Choose a stain and a finish that is durable enough to stand up to foot kicks or furniture bumps since the primary need is to hide the wall to floor connection and help protect the wall.
Step 2 – Apply a Conditioner
It’s a good idea to apply a stain conditioner first. Allow it to dry for 30 minutes before proceeding.
Step 3 – Work Well Ventilated
Make sure you work in a well ventilated room to prevent any inhalation of harmful fumes. If you can, work outdoors for safety purposes, but make sure it is a clear, non-windy day.
Step 4 – Choose Your Weapon
Use a rag for quick application on molding that is flat and wide, use a paintbrush for molding that is either decorated or embossed or stamped to access crevices and curves and raised areas.
Step 5 – Coat Applications
Wipe or paintbrush a primary coat always working in the direction of the grain, Allow sufficient drying time before applying another coat. Check to make sure you apply an even coat so you do not create darker areas along the way by sitting your applicator in one spot. Remain fluent in your application avoiding letting your applicator remain stationary at any time.
Step 6 – Apply Protective Coat
After the stain has dried, apply a protective varnish coating or wood polish.
Use a breathing mask to provide greater safety.