How should I stain or paint my new mantel?


i just had a huge wall mirror removed andI will be painting the wall a beige color. I have some pecan wood furniture pieces with mottled wrought iron tables.

q how should i stain or paint my new mantel
  9 answers
  • Joy30150932 Joy30150932 on Nov 21, 2018

    I would stain it a darker color to make it show up more. You can see the wood grain now and it would be nice if you retained that in your new finish.

  • Nancy Turner Nancy Turner on Nov 21, 2018

    I agree with Joy, the wood mantel looks wonderful and shouldn't have the grain hidden. With the tiles and paint the same color, a little contrast would look nice.

  • Amanda Amanda on Nov 21, 2018

    I also agree. A darker stain would look very nice especially with the lighter colors.

  • I agree with staining it, it would look beautiful. General Finishes has a super easy to use gel stain, works great for beginners.

  • Barb Barb on Nov 22, 2018

    Stain! But, please test colors on scrap wood to make sure that you are using the color you really want to use. Wouldn’t want to have to sand and start all over.

  • Brandy Brandy on Nov 22, 2018

    First make sure u decide what u want to do

    Stain or paint ? If u paint u will not be able to stain after but if u stain u can always paint over it.

    myself I would paint , stain is beautiful but when u put pieces on ur mantel paint would make it show up better

    If u just leave it plain with nothing on it ?? Then stain.

    bet I didn’t help u at all

    SORRY !

  • Joye R. Foster Joye R. Foster on Nov 22, 2018

    When we built our house, our contractor told us to stain the mantel because we could always paint it later. She said removing paint was a big messy job and to use it stained for awhile before deciding. We left ours stained.

  • Susan Puryear Susan Puryear on Nov 22, 2018

    I would use a pecan stain to go with the tables. Once you paint, it is almost impossible to go back to a natural wood look. Stained wood us so much more versatile than paint. Every time you redecorate you will need to change the paint color. Multiple layers of paint soon look sloppy and are a real chore to remove.

  • Carol Goins Carol Goins on Nov 24, 2018

    I would first paint with watercto bring oit the grain. Then i would use a light colored would stain that will highlight the wood grain but not to dark since it will hide the grain. Then after dry use a polyurethane satin clear coat to protect.