How to Stain a Wood Ceiling

What You'll Need
Wood stain
Wood filler
Putty knife
Dusting brush
Protective goggles
Step ladder

The appearance of your wood ceiling can make all the difference to the look of a room. It can be particularly useful to know what type of decorating practices would work on these challenging interior painting projects. Following the correct steps to effectively applying stain will ensure that it the job is done properly.

Step 1 – Inspection

Begin the process of staining the wood ceiling by inspecting it to get an idea of the type of wood you are dealing with, which will help you determine what stain is suitable. This process will also enable you to determine whether the ceiling comprises any defects that require repair and the extent of cleaning that is necessary.

Step 2 – Clean

The position of the wood ceiling means that is unlikely to suffer a significant amount of soiling unless the room is one where certain activities take place, such as smoking or woodwork. If it needs a light amount of cleaning, undertake this by passing a dusting brush over the surface. Wear a pair of goggles during this process to prevent any dust getting into your eyes. Heavier soiling can be cleaned with a water dampened cloth.  

Step 3 – Repair

In the event that the wood ceiling has holes or superficial cracks that require repair, this should be undertaken with wood filler. Ensure that the filler that you choose is capable of taking stain as some will not be suitable and will leave a void after the stain is applied. Gather a small amount of wood filler onto the end of the putty knife before applying it to the defect, gradually building it up until the recess is filled. Draw a scraper across the surface of the repair site to finish it off and allow it to dry before proceeding.     

Step 4 – Sand

The wood ceiling may require sanding to smooth the surface if any repair work has been undertaken. Sandpaper with a fine grit should be sufficient and should be worked over the entire surface in a uniform manner to avoid any overlap. Follow this process by wiping the surface with a cloth to remove the resulting dust.   

Step 5 – Stain

You will then be in a position to apply the stain. This should be undertaken with a paintbrush rather than a roller as the latter can cause too much of the liquid to gather in one place. Before starting the application process, vigorously shake the receptacle that contains the stain. This will ensure that it is thoroughly combined and that no particles have been allowed to settle. Avoid drip marks by not overloading the paintbrush. Start at one end of the ceiling and gradually work your way across, making sure that you do not overlap. If a deeper color is required you may need to apply a second coat, which should only be begun once the first coat is completely dry.