I’ve spent the final couple of days engaged on my hallway rest room makeover. And y’all, I’m fairly excited as a result of after years and years of battling staining pine, I feel I’ve lastly discovered the magic technique for eliminating these hideous (to me) orange and yellow undertones that come via while you put stain on pine. I’ve lastly found out refinish pine wooden counter tops!
I’ve had a love/hate relationship with pine for effectively over a decade now. I adore it as a result of it’s low cost and abundantly out there. However each time I’ve tried to refinish pine wooden counter tops, I find yourself accentuating the orange and yellow grain, once I’d truly wish to make it disappear fully.
However my pine-staining woes could also be a factor of the previous!
The pine wooden countertop on this rest room is one which I constructed from 2″ x 3″ pine lumber 4 years in the past once I transformed this hallway rest room. I had such a tough time getting the end proper and eliminating all of these orange and yellow undertones within the wooden that I ended up with a very darkish, virtually opaque end on the countertop.
It positively wasn’t what I had envisioned once I determined to do a wooden countertop, however I ended up residing with it for 4 years.
However within the final 4 years, I’ve discovered fairly a bit extra about working with pine and marking wooden, so I needed to provide it one other go and see if I may create a end that wasn’t fairly so darkish, that wasn’t so opaque, and that also allowed the wooden grain to point out via with out turning orange and yellow.
And y’all, I did it! I lastly discovered the magic method! Any longer, when working with pine, this might be my go-to course of for getting a reasonably stained end.
How I refinished my pine wooden countertop:
Step 1: Sand off previous end.
My first step was to sand off the previous end. I used 60-grit sanding discs to chop via that previous thick end. (And sure, I made a large number of my rest room. I apologize up entrance to these of you who get anxious about my messy processes. 😀 )
Step 2: Use wooden bleach to cut back yellow and orange undertones in pine wooden
After sanding down to reveal wooden, I used the identical wooden bleach that I used on my pantry countertop. It is a image of it sitting on my purple oak pantry countertop, not the pine rest room countertop.
So right here’s what the lavatory countertop seemed like after I sanded and bleached it…
Step 3: Use a wiping stain (not a penetrating stain).
Subsequent I wiped on a coat of Previous Grasp’s Wiping Stain in darkish walnut.
After which it seemed like this…
Evidently, I wasn’t happy. The bleach did a terrific job at minimizing the orange and yellow undertones, however these knots! They virtually glowed! If I had to do that undertaking once more from the start, I’d positively pay a bit extra for clearer, knot-free wooden. I imply, these knots simply caught out like sore thumbs.
Step 4: Use a whitewashing/pickling stain.
After rummaging via my stash of stains and paints, I made a decision to provide this white wash pickling stain a strive over the darkish walnut to see if it might even out the colours.
These things appears to be like a little bit scary occurring…
However when you wipe away the entire extra, it appears to be like extra like a lightweight whitewash. I did have to make use of some 220-grit sandpaper strategically in some areas to even out the end. It’s a water-based stain, and people are at all times harder to get an excellent end with than oil-based stains are since they dry so shortly.
Step 5: Apply one other coat of wiping stain.
After that whitewash stain was actually good and dry (I gave it a number of hours), I pulled out the Previous Masters Wiping Stain once more…
And gave the countertop three extra coats over the span of about 24 hours, letting every coat dry completely earlier than including the following.
Step 6: Apply a transparent coat sealer.
After the stain was fully dry, I gave the countertop two coats of Normal Finishes Excessive Efficiency High coat in a matte end, sanding frivolously with 220-grit sandpaper between coats.
And what I ended up with is as near excellent as I’m ever going to get with pine. Sure, you may nonetheless see the knots, however not less than they’re not glowing. The water-based whitewash stain appears to have sealed the wooden together with lightening it significantly, permitting the next layers of wiping stain to provide it a extra even coloring.
It’s not as fairly as walnut, however for pine, I’m fairly thrilled with how this end turned out.
So any further, right here’s my plan once I use pine…
My new go-to course of for ending or refinishing pine wooden counter tops and avoiding ugly orange and yellow undertones:
- Sand the pine down to reveal wooden (if it isn’t already),
- Use Zinsser wooden bleach to reduce the yellow coloration,
- Give the entire thing a coat of water-based white wash pickling stain,
- Comply with up with as many coats of oil-based wiping stain (not penetrating stain) as wanted to attain the colour I need,
- Permit the stain to fully dry, and observe up with two or three coats of Normal Finishes High Coat (I favor the matte end).
You’ll discover that the steps I listed simply above are a bit totally different than what I truly did on my counter tops. That’s as a result of I used to be attempting issues and making it up as I went alongside as I labored on my countertop. However actually, you shouldn’t put a water-based product over an oil-based product (observe: the topcoat is ok so long as you let the stain fully dry first as famous within the instructions), and I’m fairly certain the outcome can be the identical if I disregarded that very first coat of wiping stain and simply began with the water-based white wash pickling stain.
It’s taken me effectively over ten years to determine refinish pine wooden counter tops, however I feel I lastly discovered a method that may truly work constantly.
So hopefully I can get this rest room completed up this weekend. Now that the counter tops are accomplished and the cupboard is nearly painted (I used Behr Tandoori on the cupboard), I simply want to color the partitions white and make a brand new bathe curtain.
Useful sources and merchandise:
Wish to see how I constructed this wooden countertop that accommodates an undermount sink? You may see that right here…
And should you missed the unique earlier than and after on this rest room rework (the place I took the entire room all the way down to studs, ground joists, and ceiling joists, after which rebuilt the entire thing), you may see it right here…
- Minwax White Wash Pickling Stain – That is what I used to seal and lighten the countertop. It’s what I had available, however I’d think about any water-based white wash pickling stain would do.
- Old Masters Wiping Stain in Dark Walnut – This stain is superb for any undertaking the place you want to even out a stain coloration or get constant colours on various kinds of wooden. That is what I used to refinish my piano, which had not less than two, if not three, various kinds of wooden that every one wanted to look the identical coloration. It did an incredible job. In circumstances like that, simply make sure you get the wiping stain and never the penetrating stain.
- General Finishes High Performance Topcoat – That is, fingers down, my favourite clear topcoat. It’s water-based, however it’s so sturdy. That is what I used over my painted kitchen cupboards, and y’all know that I’m very arduous on surfaces. However I don’t have a single scratch or chip in my painted cupboards, and my cupboards are really easy to wash. I at all times use the matte end, which has only a slight sheen to it.
My rest room makeover is completed! Wish to see your complete undertaking from begin to end? You will discover each single put up in regards to the rest room makeover proper right here…
Or you may skip to the top and see the way it turned out. Right here’s a peek of the completed rest room…
You may see extra photos on the earlier than and after put up proper right here…
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Addicted 2 Adorning is the place I share my DIY and adorning journey as I rework and embellish the 1948 fixer higher that my husband, Matt, and I purchased in 2013. Matt has M.S. and is unable to do bodily work, so I do nearly all of the work on the home on my own. You can learn more about me here.