Smith and Company painting was called to West Linn, Oregon to a large 10,000 square feet single family residence. The work that needed to be done was to take the existing finished woodwork in one of the offices and stain it darker. The original framework was only five years old and had originally been stained a medium brown color and coated with a couple coats of clear lacquer. However, the customer wanted the stain color to be almost black and for the project to be completed in a week. Staining a home office in a very precise project and we were on it!
The pictures below show the original brown stained woodwork:
This task was presented with some challenges. One challenge was that the original surface had been cleaned with a product that contained wax that caused the stain to fish-eye. To conquer this, we cleaned all the surfaces with a lacquer thinner. Another challenge was that we had anticipated on wiping the darker stain on, but then soon realized that it was drying too quickly for us to do so. We then changed our method to instead spray the stain onto the entire surface. The last challenge that we faced was that the homeowner was concerned about the smell from the lacquer thinner, stain, and clear lacquer. We installed an air evacuation system that sucked the strong scented air out the window and used an air purification unit that ran the whole time.
To get a closer look at the progress throughout the week, take a look at these pictures below.
Take a look at the finished product, we think it looks amazing!
The end result is simply stunning. We love the almost-black color that the customer chose and think that it accents the office very well. The project had its fair share of challenges, but with lots of hard work from the Smith and Company team, it turned out amazing and our customer loved it.