Posts Tagged ‘oak furniture’

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 brings decorum to your dining room

Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011

The dining room is one of the foremost and recognisable rooms in the home. More households now have more informal eating habits, but an oak dining table – complemented by other items of oak furniture – makes a statement, adds class to your interior.

To make the dining room more interesting and to enjoy your oak furniture more often, consider changing the dining room décor regularly. Your oak furniture and dining room table is crucial in this – the table setting can be altered by dressing the oak table in a new tablecloth for example.

Lighting is a vital component of a room’s style. A well-illuminated but understated light can give the perfect ambience to a dining room, especially when entertaining family and friends. A subtle light can be placed directly above the oak dining table in the middle of the room. Mirrors can also be placed in considered positions to maximise that light while reflecting the sheen of your oak furniture.

Regarding the oak dining room tables themselves, bear in mind how large a gathering is if you are hosting in your home. A big and grand oak dining table is perfect for a lot of people, while for smaller and more intimate gatherings excess dining spaces can be decorated with vases and glassware.

Why oak furniture?

Tuesday, February 8th, 2011

Oak is one of the most notable woods: the tree and its wood feature widely in mythology, and oak is a well-established symbol of strength and endurance. The natural properties of oak have attracted wine-makers and boat-makers, and this wood’s qualities are ideally to suited to creating loved and long-lasting pieces of furniture.

Oak trees live and grow gradually and for a long time – unlike pine trees for example, which grow much quicker – and, as a result, oak is a strong and hard wood. Oakwood also has a high density compared to most woods, meaning the material itself is wedged together tightly, giving the wood high shock resistance.

Oakwood is very durable and has a great resistance to wear. While these characteristics are perfect for indoor pieces, they also account for the wide use of oak in outdoor furniture.

Oak also comes in a variety of colours that make the material unique to each individual – white oak has a light tan with a slightly yellow hue, and is more often used for fine oak furniture. Red oak has large open pores, which make it easier to stain for decorative effect without blotching.