I'm building a bunk bed for my kids. They are a lively bunch
We would like it white, and I had been planning on simply painting it white, but recently I had another thought: stain it white. I don't know much about paint vs stain, but my general sense is that stain is going to soak into the wood whereas paint will coat the surface.
Remember what I said about the kids being lively? Surface coatings seem much more likely to get chipped. So I was thinking that maybe white stain would give a similar look as white paint but would be more durable.
I've got a gallon of white stain we used on a wood sign. It looked almost exactly like white paint to me once it was applied to the poplar sign. I think it was this stain:
Thoughts on this idea? Do you think it's a good way to increase the durability of the finish?
One if the things I'm worried about is how the paint will cover wood putty. With paint I'm used to being able to hide defects or nail holes with putty. Then the paint completely covers it. But I'm not sure what this white stain is going to do. I plan on doing a test on a piece of spare pine. Is there a particular wood filler that would be more appropriate for this circumstance?
Thanks for your feedback!