If wood-framed windows were installed in your home office a few months ago and would like to stain and varnish the wood so that it complements the furnishings that are in the room, follow the steps below to protect the glass panes, sand the wooden frames, and add a coat of stain and varnish to the wood:


  • measuring stick
  • plastic sheeting
  • scissors
  • double-sided tape
  • drop cloths
  • hand sander or sanding block
  • tack cloth
  • high grit sandpaper
  • metal file or straight edge screwdriver
  • blending stick
  • rags
  • non-abrasive sponges
  • wood stain
  • wood varnish
  • paper towels
  • glass cleaning agent

Cover The Windowpanes And Sand The Frames

Measure the window panes and use a pair of sharp scissors to cut pieces of plastic sheeting that are the same dimensions as the glass. Use strips of double-sided tape to secure the sheeting to the interior side of each windowpane. Drape a drop cloth over the office flooring that is directly underneath each window frame.

Once you have attached a piece of high grit sandpaper to a hand sander or sanding block, move the sandpaper back and forth over the wooden frames until rough spots have been removed from each frame's surface. Eliminate wood particles by moving a tack cloth firmly over the wood.

Use Rags Or Sponges To Add a Coat Of Stain And Varnish

Before purchasing stain or varnish, ask a salesperson at the store that you visit if you could see samples of how several varieties of stain and varnish look on wood so that you can select products that you believe will enhance the appearance of your home office and match well with the decor and furniture that you own. After bringing your purchases home, use a metal file or straight edge screwdriver to open both cans. Set the cans on top of one of the drop cloths.

Use a wooden stirrer to blend the contents in each can. Dip the corner of a rag or a non-abrasive sponge into the can of stain. Move the rag or sponge with the grain of the wood on each window frame. Take your time adding the stain so that it is applied across the wood in an even manner. Wait for the window frames to dry.

Dip a clean rag or non-abrasive sponge into the varnish. Move the rag or sponge across the wood in the same direction that you used when applying the stain. After the varnish has dried, remove the plastic sheeting from the windowpanes. If the tape left a sticky residue on the glass, clean the glass with paper towels that have been sprayed with a glass cleaning agent. 

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