I'm about to order a solid pine loft bed and at a minimum, the included desk needs to be finished. I'd rather just finish all of it if possible. Trouble is, I live in a rented apartment, don't have the money to hire a professional, and have never finished wood before. The product comes pre-sanded and ready to be stained and finished, so I would think that as jobs go, it is relatively easy (hopefully no sanding, definitely no stripping).
My landlord is a nice guy, but finishing wood inside my apartment seems like a terrible idea. There's a little workshop in the basement, but it is dusty and I don't think it's ventilated. There's also a large yard with a big concrete area that would work if it's not raining and if wood can be finished outdoors, which due to my complete ignorance of wood finishing, I don't know (I googled it, but the results were all either about finishing furniture that belongs outdoors).
I'd be working on days without rain, and daytime temperatures have been in the 70s and 80s with humidity around 60%.