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How to Stain Wood Furniture

How to Stain Wood Furniture Image

I love to stain furniture! I am definitely not abandoning my love for painted pieces but it’s important to have a good mix throughout your home.

Whether you are adding subtle color to your wood furniture, refreshing the original look, or choosing a completely new color palette, stained furniture adds a natural element to your space. And, as we discussed in the last post, get ready to see more natural elements and traditional/antique wood pieces in homes.

How to Stain Wood Furniture

You might choose to stain a piece of furniture that has beautiful wood grains. When I am gathering a plan for a piece I always consider what wood I am working with and if it’s worth showcasing. And if I am lacking the element of wood in the space that the piece will be used.

What you’ll need:

  • Stripper

  • Plastic scraper

  • Orbital Sander

  • Sand paper

  • Dusting cloths

  • Pre Conditioner

  • Stain

  • Shop towels

  • Top Coat

What you’ll do:

1. Strip the wood. Apply stripper with a chip brush will work. Allow it to set for the recommended time and then scrape with plastic scraper.

2. Clean. I like using Klean Strip After Wash. This prepares the surface for refinishing by removing any residue from the stripping process.

Ready For Sanding Image

Completely clean and ready for sanding.

3. Sand with an orbital sander. Start with 80-grit sandpaper, then 100-grit, then 120. Clean the surface with dusting cloths in between sandings to reduce swirl marks.

4. Hand-sand with 150-grit sandpaper to remove any marks made by your orbital sander.

5. Clean with dusting cloth.

6. Apply pre-stain conditioner to reduce streaking and blotching, and ensure uniform absorption of stain and even coverage. Remember, pre-stain conditioner is not recommended for Dye Stains. Always read and follow your prep instructions on your stain.

Pre Stain Conditioner Applied

Pre stain conditioner applied. Look how gorgeous the wood is conditioned.

7. Wipe off excess conditioner after allowing the conditioner to absorb for 15 minutes. Note: Water based conditioners are not wiped back allow conditioner to dry per instructions.

8. Apply stain with a foam applicator. Inexpensive foam applicators are great for oil-based stains. No loose bristles to worry about, and you can dispose when finished (since clean up can be messy.) They also work great for water-based stains and can be reused after washing.

9. Wipe back excess stain with shop towel.

10. Allow to dry per instructions. All stains are different but it is important to follow company recommended dry times.