How to Stain Wooden Furniture

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Prepping the wood can be tedious and time-consuming. Staining your furniture is the fun part.

Things You'll Need

  • Wood Stain
  • A Few Rags
  • Paint Stirrers
  • Portable Vacuums
  • Unfinished Furniture
  • Used Furniture
  • Old Newspapers
  • Sandpaper
  • Slotted Screwdrivers
  • Place the object to be stained outside or over newspapers in a well-ventilated area.

  • Sand all surfaces with light-grit sandpaper, then sweep away any remaining sawdust with a hand vacuum, brush or rag.

  • Pry open the top of the can of stain with a flat-head screwdriver, and use a paint stirrer to mix thoroughly.

  • Dip one corner of a clean rag into the stain. Dab away excess stain on the lip of the can.

  • Apply a light coat of stain to a hidden part of the object being stained. Apply the stain evenly to avoid a mottled appearance, and use a moderate amount of pressure on the rag.

  • Check the stain's color. If the color is right, dip more of the rag into the stain, dab off the excess, and begin staining the rest of the surfaces.

  • Apply the stain lightly and in long strokes going with the grain of the wood.

  • Wait an hour or until the first coat is dry.

  • Check the color.

  • Add one or more additional coats to darken the stain.

  • Let it dry overnight.

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