How to Finish Log Furniture


Log furniture is made to be rustic, and as such, a clear finish is typically used. You can, of course, leave your log furniture unfinished, but finishing it will prevent the wood from staining from hand oil, dirt and grime. Most log furniture manufacturers suggest the use of a water-based polyurethane if the furniture is to be used indoors. Log furniture left outside, unfinished, will weather to a gray color, but finishing it with a polyurethane meant for outdoor use and UV protection can prevent the graying. Once you have chosen your clear finishing product, apply it with the same methods as any furniture topcoating.

Things You'll Need

  • Paintbrush
  • Medium sandpaper
  • Fine sandpaper or steel wool
  • Damp rags
  • Dropcloth or newspaper
  • Polyurethane
  • Lay out newspapers or a dropcloth and place your furniture piece upon it to create a workspace that protects your work surface from drips.

  • Wipe any dust and dirt off the piece of furniture with the damp rag.

  • Remove with sandpaper any stubborn dirt stains that remain after step 2, and remove any sanding dust with the rag.

  • Apply a thin, even coat of polyurethane with the paintbrush.

  • Allow the polyurethane to dry overnight, or per manufacturer's recommendation.

  • Lightly sand or rub the piece of furniture with the steel wool to smooth the polyurethane between coats.

  • Repeat steps 4 through 6 to apply at least three coats, or follow the recommendations for number of coats found on the can of polyurethane. Do not sand after the final coat.

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