I purchased this unit with 9 storage buckets. In all honestly, I purchased this particular unit because I thought it was raw wood that could be stained. Unfortunately it is not. It is a raw appearing wood that has been sealed. But it is more solid wood than the other trofast versions…so do with that what you will.
Step 2: Finish the Trofast Unit
If you like the raw look or the white version, by all means leave it! I wanted a two toned stained/painted look for this space. That look was achieved by applying one coat of General Finishes Java gel stain to the inside. Start by doing a light sanding all over just to rough up the surface. Then wipe on the gel stain trying to finish by wiping in one direction for a uniform appearance. If you’ve never used a gel stain before, your mind is going to explode! It works differently than traditional stain and, if the surface is not bare wood, will work when applied on top like a thin coat of paint. It is pretty cool.
For the outside, again lightly sand first, prime , paint two coats of your desired color (I used Sherwin Williams Iron Ore), and seal with a water based polyurethane.