Staining Your Magazine Rack to Match Your Bathroom Staining Your Magazine Rack to Match Your Bathroom

What You'll Need
Magazine rack
Wood stains in appropriate colors
Sanding paper
Paint brush or soft cloth
Top coat for sealing in stain

To create a cohesive look for your bathroom, stain your magazine rack to match or complement the other colors in the room. Staining wood is a simple process if done correctly, and it can be easily fixed if done wrong the first time around. Follow the simple steps below for an afternoon project.

Step 1: Choosing Colors

Before you can start the staining process, you need to find the right color. You could simply match the magazine rack to the color the bathroom is or go with an overall theme or range of colors. You could even use a completely clashing color to draw attention to the piece and give the room some character. Whatever you decide, but make sure you look at the stains in the shop and pick the one you think will look best in your bathroom as changing it later could be problematic.

Step 2: Preparing the Magazine Rack Wood

Make sure you sand and clean the magazine rack wood first. Sanding will remove older stains and will also open up the wood’s grain so that it will absorb the stain better. If the wood has already been painted or stained you will need to use sandpaper with a coarse grit so you can remove the old paint or stain first. Progressively use a finer grit till you have a very fine grit (220) being used. You don’t need to go this far for new wood as you can just start with a fine grit sandpaper and open the grain. Make sure you remove all the dust created by the sanding before the next step.

Step 3: Applying the Stain

Stir the stain in the pot, and keep stirring it every 15 minutes or so as the heavier pigments may settle at the bottom. Apply it liberally with a brush or soft cloth. Staining pads can also be used. Remove extra stain that is just sitting on top of the surface and using a soft cloth rib the pigment into the wood. The last thing you should do is wipe in the direction of the stain to help create a uniform look. Keep repeating the staining process till you are happy with the results.

Step 4: Protecting the Wood

To protect the wood from scratches and spills, use a clear polyurethane topcoat. Stir the liquid before application, and use a high quality brush to apply in the direction of the wood grain. Let the top coat dry for a day before you start using the magazine rack or you could end up damaging the finish. 

If you follow these simple steps, you will end up with a beautiful magazine rack  that will bring both fashion and function into your bathroom for years to come. 

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