Now that all the lower-level walls are framed, our next step is to stain and install the loft support beams for our sleeping loft and our storage loft.
I Googled “wood stain + how to” and we were off to the races!
We went with an oil-based stain by Minwax. The color is called “Espresso”
We wanted something really dark and not too red-ish for all of the exposed beams and window trim, and also I really really love coffee, so this color was perfect!
We did two coats of stain, letting it dry overnight between coats.
We did NOT apply any sort of varnish or sealer or whatever over the stain, which may or may not be a good idea. . . .
I asked several *big box* hardware store employees about this, but nobody seemed to have any real knowledge about the products they were selling (surprise surprise) so that got me nowhere.
I had read conflicting things on the internet about sealing stained wood when you DON’T want a glossy finish.
Kevin and I want our tiny house to have sort of a rustic, yet elegant, ski chalet sort of look, which for us means NO shiny varnished wood surfaces.
We really want these beams to look a little old and weathered.
Our go-to construction guru at our favorite locally-owned hardware store (http://www.omlumber.com) suggested that since some of these beams will be exposed in the bathroom where moisture could be a problem, a satin sealer might be the ticket.
Spoiler Alert: we build the lofts without sealing the support beams because we figured we could do it later with the beams in place under the loft floors if need be.
Still undecided about whether to seal them at all.
If you have any advice about sealing stained wood, please tell us in the comments! We’re all ears!
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