Archive for the ‘Oak Furniture’ Category

Applying a stain finish to oak furniture

Wednesday, March 9th, 2011

Oak furniture is designed to last, and its strength and beauty will grace rooms in the home for years. However, there may be occasions when you want to modify your oak furniture by adding a stain finish to it.

In this case, it is necessary to be fully aware of the vast array of modern stains, fillers and varnishes available in the art of wood finishing, and to know what finish is best for oak furniture.

Cost is an important factor to consider when applying a finish to oak furniture and wood, but you should also have an idea of the durability of the finish and the room’s colour scheme in which the furniture will be placed.

As a hardwood, stain is the best finish for oak furniture. However, oak’s hardwood properties mean that the grain is very compact, so you should allow time for a longer absorbing of the stain into the oak.

Using a water-based stain may be the best option for those who have not stained oak before. Ensure the wood is smooth by using sandpaper and applying the oak with wood filler if appropriate, and then paint a layer of wood sealer onto the surface (this makes the wood absorb the stain more evenly).

After that process, you need simply to apply the stain finish and enjoy your newly tinted oak furniture.

Oak furniture: red or white wood?

Wednesday, March 9th, 2011

Oak’s qualities – hardness, strength and an open grain to name but three – make this wood perfect for furniture-making. Indeed, oak furniture is amongst the finest you can buy.

Oak can be roughly divided into two groups: red and white oaks. The best way to distinguish between red and white oak is by checking the grain of the woods.

The white group comprises beautiful woods that feature a finer texture, have more resistance to moisture and greater durability.

However, red oak – an American wood – is also a popular choice for oak furniture. The distinctive colour will enable anyone to identify the wood, while a unique hue makes red oak popular for warm-looking interior pieces. Red oak also features a more decorative grain than white oak, which is an asset that homeowners may deem more suitable for prominent home pieces.

The manner in which oak trees grow – even if they are of the same type – can greatly influence the wood they produce, which can affect oak furniture. Oak wood from trees that develop at a slow and even pace are more durable and less likely to shrink or swell in humid conditions. By contrast, oak trees which grow on low-lying land and in a warm and humid environment tend to produce wood with a more coarse structure.

Wooden flooring perfectly complements oak furniture

Wednesday, March 9th, 2011

If you’re planning some interior decoration, wooden flooring is a stylish choice that can complement any other pieces of oak furniture or pine furniture that you may already have in your home.

The dining room is a suitable place for oak flooring – food spillages can be easily cleaned from a surface that requires minimal maintenance, while elegant wooden flooring gives a classy impression to visiting guests and even friends and family. But the oak furniture in this room – whether in the form of a dining room table, dining chairs or a dresser – will blend with the floor in terms of design as well as material, creating an interior continuity that can give your home a stronger identity.

Oak flooring will also look good in the kitchen. Wood – and particularly oak and pine –  is attractive in a kitchen because it adds a homely and rustic feel. Again, pine furniture in this room – perhaps in the form of a kitchen stool or kitchen units – will match the wooden flooring and create a warm and satisfying family space.

Flooring as an element of oak furniture can come in various types, with distressed oak floor boards a currently popular style.