• January 19, 2004

Woodwork Update

Staining our Douglas fir woodwork

Restoration Diary, Stain, Woodwork


Our douglas fir woodwork was been bleached with a wood and furniture bleaching agent to even out the wood grain. The bleach is brushed on, left over night and then washed off with water.

woodwork_02Woodwork after the bleaching

After the woodwork dries, stain is applied and then sealed with varnish. Read more about this process.

woodwork_03First coat of stain

We were trying to match the color of the woodwork in our dining room. The dining room, which is open to the living room, was worked on last spring. The stained living room woodwork matched the dining room almost exactly until the varnish was applied.

woodwork_04Layers of stain were applied to reach the desired color

After the varnish was added, the woodwork turned a different shade. The color is a deeper, richer red color, which I actually prefer. The woodwork in the dining room looks more yellow by comparison.

woodwork_05The color of the wood has turned redder after the varnish was applied

You only notice the difference in the color if you are a hypercritical homeowner and are standing in the dining room, looking into the living room. It’s not apparent from the living room looking into the dining room.


We are going to live with the difference since the only other option, stripping off the finish and starting over, really isn’t an option that I want to even imagine considering. The walls are primed and if we can decide on the exact color of yellow gold, they will be painted tomorrow.

Comments { 1 }
  1. Jen

    Oh my gosh. I got over excited and posted a question to you about striping the paint–you can disregard that because I kept browsing through the site and found everything I needed. Thanks again for taking the time to chronicle your repairs!
    I’ll keep this bookmarked and will be checking up on your improvements!

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