The weekend offers you time to sit back, relax and enjoy yourself. It’s also good for getting projects done that have been begging for your attention. However, relaxing and completing big projects don’t always go hand-in-hand.
Take staining a deck for instance.
Before applying various wood finishes to a deck, you have to clean the deck. This means getting out the power washer, getting in the cracks of hard-to-reach areas and waiting for perfect weather conditions for staining. If the sun’s too hot after you clean the deck, you have to wait. Covering a stained deck with a tarp is often unrealistic.
The bottom line is this: a big project like staining a deck is not a task you want to complete after a long week at work, or just a long week in general. You want to look for fun, smaller projects that you can complete within a few hours … things that feel more like hobbies than intensive labor projects.
Today we’re going to give you some wood finishing projects to consider that won’t strain your back or require too much effort. These are projects you can actually enjoy.
Project #1: Improve Your Home’s First Impression
That’s right. It’s time to give the front of your house a makeover.
But wait, you’re thinking. I thought these were small projects.
And they are. What we’re talking about is your front door.
If you have a wooden front door that’s looking a little sun worn, think about giving your front door a makeover. As the focal point of the front of your house, improving its vibrancy can work wonders. People will look at your home in an entirely new way.
If you have a power washer, don’t be afraid to use it after removing any paint or previous wood finishes. What makes this project fun and enjoyable is the opportunity it gives you to sit down and relax. Simply remove the door from its hinges and set it down on some low saw horses. After that, pull up a chair and get to work. Sit out in the sun, in your shop … anywhere you want. This is your time.
Project #2: Refurbish Your Guns with Wooden Stocks
If you’re a veteran or firearm enthusiast, there’s a good chance you have some guns with wooden stocks that have been neglected for a few years. Which is fine. We all forget about items we don’t use on a regular basis. However, this coming weekend is your chance to restore them to new.
After sanding and removing any dirt and grime, dilute our Tung oil finish to a 1:1 mixture ratio using Citrus Solvent. This will leave your gun’s stock with a clean, no-gloss finish.
The next time you go out to shoot, take your old gun with you. You may just fall in love with it all over again.
Project #3: Paint Your Wooden Patio Furniture
With the environmentally friendly paint from Real Milk paint, you can reinvent your patio furniture. Whether you haven’t painted it since buying it or are just in the mood for a different color, painting an item like a chair or table can be incredibly therapeutic.
What’s great about our paint is that you can mix different pigments with it to discover the exact color you want. This mixing process can also be fun. During the process, many people come across unsuspecting colors that end up becoming their favorite.
Sanding, mixing, staining and painting. On a beautiful weekend day, there’s nothing quite better.