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It has taken me weeks and numerous samples to get to a quality result staining birch to a dark walnut. There are many layers and hours involved. I have no idea what to charge. I am a faux finisher by trade and although I have worked staining wood, this will be my first large project. If anyone has a ballpark price per square foot, it would be greatly appreciated (this is a 2600 square foot project). I have been so focused on technique I haven't given pricing much thought. Thanks!
 

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Deanna, fellow LJ Huff did a blog relating to this as a starting point for you. Only you can determine what your time is worth, how much materials you will need and what your markup on those materials should be for you to be a profitable business. Then you have to be sensitive to your market: Are there other finishers in your area and what do they charge for their work? Will the client agree to your price or will they want to negotiate?

Then you indicate that you got the bid. Does that mean that they have already agreed to your price? In any event, good luck with the project and please post pix.
 

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I didn't build it Oggie but glad I have the opportunity to fix it! I think the owner's plans changed after it was built. It is a complex and time consuming process taking birch from the first sanding to the beautiful dark walnut finish. If I was only staining and finishing I'd do it for 6,000 too!!! Haha. However, not the case. I am the grunt and the artist and so grateful to God to have the opportunity.
 

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Thanks for everything Art. Your responses are always appreciated!! I have completed many other challenging projects in this mansion, there are no others who were able or wanted to tackle the jobs. I like the tough stuff and with people like yourself, you help me master the tasks at hand. Thank you.
 

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Sounds like you already have the information you needed regarding pricing. I wanted to also mention that I will at times use, well obviously a simple Google search, but the main thing I wanted to point out is www.woodweb.com as there is a ton of information on that site for our trade. In fact I found this link pertaining to finish prices on that site: http://www.woodweb.com/knowledge_base/Finishing_Prices.html. I did not read through the entire thread but a lot can be learned on that site.
 

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I do think I have Art. I met with the builder, owner and the wood worker who made the coffer ceiling in the dining and they absolutely loved the sample I created. (This is in regards to the post for the bronze/stain post, not this one; and I do love working with wood.) I'm known for faux, and I'm good at faux, but the wood has heart. I think it creates artistic courage with the wood. haha. Thanks Jerry. Heading to educate myself.
 

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Thanks Jerry. Looks like I hit the target per the article. $3.60 for clear finishes per square foot and obviously doesn't include all the prep and staining work involved.

Appreciate you bunches.
 
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