Woodwork Staining And Varnishing

Professionals In Essex Woodwork Staining And Varnishing. Finish the woodwork in your home to a high standard with stain or varnish. Bring old or new woodwork to its full potential. Subtle or rich finishes as desired.

Preparation For Woodwork Staining And Varnishing

Clean and Sand

Firstly, when preparing woodwork for staining and varnishing we examine the surface for imperfections. If the wood has previously been painted, we begin by removing any old, cracked or loose paint with a scraper.

Then we sand down the wood lightly. This opens the pores and allows the stain to absorb.

To start, we use a 120 medium-grit sandpaper, gradually working up to a fine 220 grit. The sanding is always in the direction of the grain to avoid scratching the surface.

Next, we remove all remaining dust using a damp lint-free cloth and a hoover. It is important to make the surrounding area clean before we begin staining or varnishing. We want to ensure that the area is completely dust-free. Any dust that remains in the air could gather on the piece and tarnish the work.


Woodwork Staining And Varnishing Application

Application and Sealing

Once the area is free of dust, we are ready for the first application. We then begin to apply the stain/varnish going against the grain for better absorption, sanding lightly between each layer.

We can either rub or brush on to get a good standard finish. The technique chosen depends on the type of wood we are working on. We leave it to soak in for a time in accordance with the richness of colour required.

In time, the excess is wiped away. After that, we wipe the piece down with a dry cloth in the direction of the grain.

Finally, once the stain/varnish has dried, we apply a thin coat of clear finish. We repeat this step several times to enhance the final look of the wood, sanding between each layer. This provides added durability to the wood and stain/varnish.

Essex Painting and Decorating

Millington Decor offers a range of Essex residential Painting and Decorating services.

Painting, Wallpapering, Paint Spraying, Staining & Varnishing and more.

View our service categories below or contact us for more information.

High-quality Painting & Decorating. Kitchens, bedrooms, living rooms, entire homes and more.

Millimetre perfect wallpaper hanging. Any and all combinations, sizes, designs and locations.

A new, revolutionary painting system. Applicable for windows, doors, garages, patios and more.

Bring your old woodwork back to life. Restore your furniture, kitchens, fitted wardrobes and woodwork.

Find Local Painters in Essex

Millington Decor has a proven track record. Providing quality Painting and Decorating services in Essex for over 15 years.

We service the following Essex towns and cities, and the surrounding areas:

Chelmsford, Romford, Brentwood, Basildon, Billericay, Southend, Canvey Island, Maldon, Grays and Rayleigh.

First Class Essex Painters

Millington Decor takes the utmost pride in our Essex Painting & Decorating work.

We believe a fully comprehensive plan is key to achieving any successful project.

Our goal is to leave our customers fully satisfied every time.


We recommend the most suitable products and offer free advice on design elements.


We make a proposal, listing required materials and create a time frame for completion.


We calculate the costs and present an itemised quotation based on your requirements.


We create a customised itinerary. Timing will be convenient, disruption minimised.


We protect surfaces and provide extra preparation equipment to ensure safe access.


The decorating process begins, monitoring progress and quality until completion.


Need experienced, quality Painters and Decorators in Essex? Let Millington Decor handle your project.

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