Cabinets, furniture, railings and banisters often feature finished wood. What happens if you get tired of the shade of the finished wood in your home? Fortunately, you can easily make finished wood a darker color without all of the hard work involved in completely refinishing the wood.
Things You'll Need
- Clear polyurethane finish
- Painter's tape or masking tape
Remove any hardware from the finished wood piece with a screwdriver. If the piece you want to make darker borders anything you don't want stained, mask off the area with painter's or masking tape.
Lightly sand the finished wood with a medium-grade sandpaper. You needn't sand the finish off. The aim is simply to rough up the surface enough for stain to adhere. Brush away the dust with a clean paintbrush or rag.
Apply a coat of wood stain that is one shade darker than the finished wood. Use a paintbrush to apply the stain, and follow the direction of the wood grain. Wait a couple of minutes and wipe away any excess stain with a clean rag. For a darker shade, apply another coat of stain. Allow the stain to dry for 10 to 12 hours.
Apply a clear coat of polyurethane finish with a paintbrush. Allow the finish to dry for 10 to 12 hours. If the wood piece or area is prone to nicks and scratches, apply a second coat of polyurethane and allow it to dry for another 10 to 12 hours.
Re-attach any hardware with a screwdriver. Gently remove any painter's tape.