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Most homes in the Chicago area have a combination of painted baseboards and also stained baseboards.  Ninety-five percent of what we are doing is applying an oil based stain.  Let’s look at the video below that talks in greater depth about staining and varnishing baseboards:

Staining and Varnishing Baseboards

Because most homes have a combination of both painted and stained trim work, some colors are changing too. It used to be a very dark walnut color throughout.  Now, we are seeing more natural tones and weathered wood stains being applied.

95% of what we are applying, still, is oil based stains.  If you have pine, poplar, maple, birch, you should be applying a wood conditioner prior to staining.  Apply this with a brush or rag.  Read your directions on the can for more details.

Watch the video for all the details, because it’s too in depth to write everything out here.  But make sure you are addressing issues such as

  • Wiping off excess conditioner
  • How long you want to let wood conditioner sit on wood
  • Applying sanding sealer
  • Filling nail holes
  • Sanding between coats

Give me a call at the office at 815-260-6773 if you want to get an estimate for your interior staining of your trim work (baseboards, wood trim around windows, crown molding, staircase wood).  I’d be happy to help you out.  My team and I have been serving the Elmhurst, Plainfield, Naperville, Lincoln Park, Lisle, Downers Grove, Woodridge, and all of Chicago for over 30+ years.

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