Refinishing stained wood can bring the room it’s in back to life or even transform the curb appeal of a home or business. Look around — do you notice stained wood in your space? If it doesn’t look like new, you may have thought that’s just the way it has to be. Things age.
Not so fast… Restoration techniques and products allow us to bring wood that may seem too far gone back to life.
Where We Find Stained Wood
Especially in older homes, stained wood is likely to be found in several places – front doors, garage doors, trim, floors, ceiling beams, stairs & railings, walls, window sills and window sashes. Wood that is outdoors or inside, but around windows, often sustain considerably sun and condensation damage.
Symptoms That Stained Wood Needs Refinishing
While “stained” is of course the type of wood we’re talking about, “stains” aren’t a good thing. When the wood surface has been compromised, water can seep into the fibers and leave stains that look like water streaks. This can even lead to mold. Other signs that your stained wood is aching to be refinished:
- dull surface
- dry feeling
- raised grain
- color changes such as light spots or dark streaks
- obvious peeling of the varnish
Depending upon how exposed the stained wood is to sun or weather, it may need attention only every few years or as frequently as annually.
Options for Giving Stained Wood New Life
Refinishing stained wood is just one option. In many cases a homeowner actually wants a completely different look. In those cases, painting over the stained wood can yield a dramatic and eye-catching result. To keep the same stained-wood look, we follow the steps outlined below to restore the wood to its former glory.
If the wood damage is simply too great, our carpenters can work alongside designers and artists to replace the wood completely. Really, there is no limit to what is possible. Let’s say, for example, that you liked having the wood, but wanted it to look like a completely different wood variety — changing oak to mahogany, for example. We would simply put our decorative artists to work using paint and faux bois techniques to create a completely different stained wood look!