What is the best finish for reclaimed wood furniture?

If you are decorating your home with reclaimed wood furniture you may be thinking about the best finish for the furniture. There are a few things to consider when choosing a finish.

  • If you want to use the wood as is, the best finish to use is a clear sealer to protect and seal it. This can be applied with a brush or sprayed on. This is especially good for barnwood or wood with old, chippy paint that you want to preserve.
  • Woods reclaimed from floors, walls and other furniture is usually milled down to expose clean, raw wood. A stain can be used to enhance the wood grain, then a protective coating such as varnish can be applied.