Finish, Oil & Paint

Staining wood with coffee

Staining Wood with Coffee

One of the best natural ways to put finishing on furniture is by staining wood with coffee. It makes for an easy, cheap and surprisingly attractive finish if done right and with care. As long as what you plan on staining hasn’t already been finished and varnished, you can use things that can be found continue reading

Polyurethane Calculator

Polyurethane Calculator: How Much Polyurethane Do You Need?

Calculate How Much Polyurethane You Will Need for Your Project! If you plan to (re)finish your hardwood floor, furniture, table or any other wooden surface with Polyurethane, you are probably wondering: How many cans, gallons or liters of Polyurethane do you need to get the job done? In case you have ever applied a water-based continue reading

Hemp Oil For Wood Finishing

Hemp Oil For Wood Finishing

Once you’ve made something from wood, whether it be furniture, floorboards or anything else, you need to coat it in a protective layer to ensure that it lasts without getting wet or becoming prone to bacteria growth. Using hemp oil for wood finishing is a popular choice because of the protection and resulting look. In continue reading

how to apply danish oil

Water Based vs Oil Based Polyurethane

When you have been using wood for construction, furniture or flooring, you will likely have to enhance the resilience and durability of the natural material. Polyurethane is one of the most common and effective finishes that provide a protective final coat for the wood. However, there are two different types of Polyurethane (sometimes referred to continue reading

paint and tools on magazines

How to Paint Over Oil Based Paint

If you are planning to renovate your home by painting over your existing oil based paint, it is important to know if the two paints are compatible. If you are unsure, you can pour some denatured alcohol on the rug and rub the wall surface. If the paint does not come off on the rag, continue reading

how to apply danish oil

How To Apply Danish Oil

Are you looking for that perfect finish for your latest woodwork project? There are several to choose from. If you are not sure about which type to use, we’re here to help. We have tried and tested most finishing oils and can highly recommend using top of the line danish oil. It’s one of the continue reading

Different paint colors and sheen

What is Sheen (Paint, Lacquer, Varnish, Polyurethane)?

When you are selecting paint, lacquer, polyurethane or varnish for finishing a surface you will have to decide what type of sheen you prefer. Coatings are generally classified in a range from flat to glossy. Understanding the differences and typical uses will help you choose the right one for your requirements. What Is Sheen? The continue reading

Difference between satin and gloss finishing

Difference Between Satin and Gloss Finishing

When it comes to wood finishes, we’ve all heard the terms multiple times. While most people understand what gloss finishes mean, do any of us know the technical meaning of a satin finish? And what is the actual difference between satin and gloss? Difference between satin and gloss finishes The difference between satin vs gloss continue reading

Spar Varnish for Boats

What Is Spar Varnish and What Is It Used For?

If you need a durable and resilient wood finish, you have probably come across Varnish and Spar Varnish, besides other common choices such as lacquer, paint, polyurethane. While Varnish is generally popular for its UV resistance, you might be wondering what exactly the characteristics of Spar Varnish and the differences to the regular type are. continue reading

Lacquer sprayed on wood

Polyurethane vs Lacquer – What Are the Differences?

Are you looking for a durable wood finish that enhances the appearance and protects the surface? Polyurethane and Lacquer are both good choices for this purpose. It is obvious that you will need to apply either lacquer, paint or stain if you want to color your wooden surface. However, for colorless protective coats, you might continue reading

Applying Spar Urethane on a Bench

Spar Urethane vs. Polyurethane – What Are the Differences?

If you are looking for a resistant coating for your exterior wood or boat, you will want to consider Spar Urethane. This type of finish was originally developed for marine uses but has become popular among woodworkers and DIYers as an alternative to Polyurethane. Read on to learn more about the differences, the characteristics and continue reading

Pros and Cons of Oil Based Paint

Pros & Cons of Oil-Based and Water-Based Paint

Many DIY projects around the home involve paint as a finish. Furniture, cabinets, floors, walls, ceilings and doors are only a few examples. You might think of choosing the right color and the desired amount of sheen as being the main challenges when you need to pick your paint. However, you will want to think continue reading

Example of Matte and Gloss Paint

Matte vs Satin vs Semi Gloss (Paint, Lacquer, Polyurethane)

Whether you are choosing paint for the walls in your home, polyurethane to refinish your hardwood floors or lacquer for wood finishing jobs, you will likely stumble over different types of appearance. These include flat, matte, satin, semi-gloss and gloss, for instance. While picking the color of paint and lacquer only requires you to follow continue reading

Teak Oil vs Tung Oil

Teak Oil vs Tung Oil as Wood Finish

Whether you’ve recently got a lovely new piece of hardwood furniture or you are refinishing a wooden object – one thing you’ll need to consider is how you treat the wood. Finishing a wood surface with Tung oil or Teak oil helps prolong its life, enhances it’s natural appearance and make it look as great continue reading

Wood Finish

Shellac vs Polyurethane vs Varnish vs Lacquer as Wood Finish

When you are into woodworking, finding the right finishing product for your furniture-making might be confusing. With so many brands and products on the market, one does not have enough time to try out each and every type of finish. Products like shellac, polyurethane and varnish are quite common. Although they have some similarities, they continue reading

How Long Does Oil Based Paint Take to Dry?

How Long Does Oil Based Paint Take to Dry?

Painting is one of the easiest and cheapest way to instantly spruce up a room, and it’s the most common home improvement project. There are many different types of paint that you can use for that type of job. The type you choose will have a big effect on the way it looks. One of continue reading

Boiled Linseed Oil Uses

Raw and Boiled Linseed Oil Uses

Linseed oil is one of the most useful natural oils besides hemp oil. It can be used in two forms: raw or boiled. Each of them has different pros and cons though. In this article, we will introduce both types of linseed oil and elaborate on the boiled linseed oil uses. Thus, you will be continue reading

Danish Oil VS Tung Oil

Danish Oil vs Tung Oil – What Are the Differences?

If you have wooden furniture or floors, you will need to treat the wood to protect it from moisture and other threats. A proper finish also enhances the appearance of the wood and extends its life. While finishes such as Varnish or Polyurethane are common for floors and exterior wood, natural oils are a popular continue reading