Finishing Reclaimed Barn Boards
We are using reclaimed barn board to build a farmhouse style dining room table. We are struggling with what kind, if any, of finish we should but on the table to protect the wood. Do you have any suggestions?
We really like the color and rustic look of the boards and don't want a super shiny epoxy type finish. Any suggestions you could offer would be wonderful.
We have been googling it and visited a few home improvement stores/paint stores in our area without receiving great answers:)
Thanks in advance for any help you can offer.
Todd and Lynn
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Hi Todd and Lynn,
Yes, absolutely, my favorite finish to use is a clear satin polyurethane. It does darken the wood a bit but not as much as others. The satin doesn't make the wood shiny.
My best recommendation would be to save several scraps and test the finish you choose before you apply it to your project. If you don't like the first one then try another finish until you get the look you are after.
In my experience though the clear satin polyurethane does the least amount of discoloration.