Monday, October 26, 2009

Staining wood

I am attempting to stain one of the pocket doors in my house.  It was an unfinished door that I have been trying to ignore.  I got out my power sander, sanded it thoroughly, wiped down the dust and started to stain.  There are several places where the stain is "taking" in a blotchy manor.  Some places are too light and some are too dark.  This is not the first time I have stained something so I do have some experience.  I just can't figure out what is going wrong.  I am going to let it dry for 24 hours and then hit it again just in the spots that are noticeably too light.  My fear is that the door may be poplar and it will never take the stain correctly.  If I try another coat and it still doesn't work, I am going to just paint the darn thing.  That will mean it will need sanding again and a coat of stain blocking primer BEFORE I can paint.  I am going to be really cranky if this door ends up having to be painted!


Amelia said...

I bet it is the kind of wood...some just stains better than others...wish you luck and patiente.

Brenda @Cozy Little House said...

Don't blame you if you get cranky. I DO NOT stain, and every once in awhile will actually brave a smallish project with a can of spray paint. I may be able to sew tiny piece into quilts, but I am not at all adept with paint!

jojo said...

I don't like staining takes too much patience! I do love pocket doors though and wonder why they don't put them in newer houses anymore, saves so much space and they are fun! Hope it goes well but I don't blame you if you get cranky..jj