How To Stain Wood Furniture

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Any way we can help the environment is always a good thing. A great way to reduce your waste on this lovely planet is to repurpose furniture.

Thrift shops, flea markets, and free things on the street are full of bargains that we can turn into treasures with the simple technique of staining furniture.

How many times have you seen a cute coffee table with a free sign, abandoned because it had watermark on the surface? Or a sophisticated cabinet with dents and scratches that you refused to take home?

Yes, nobody likes scratched, dented, or watermarked furniture. In general, we want things that are new, shiny, and clean looking. However, staining furniture is a wonderful technique that can be the lifesaver to a lot of your furniture. While staining can be slightly time consuming, it’s generally quite easy to do and worth the effort once the project is complete.


Staining takes a total of three to four days, depending on how dark you want your furniture piece to be. You will need stripping materials like stripping chemicals, sand paper and optional sander. You will also need your stain, foam brushes, cloths and polyethurane for your finishing coat.

Refinishing furniture is a long process, as it takes time for chemicals to act, for sanding and painting, and especially for drying. On the first day of staining you’ll sand and/or strip your furniture piece off of old paint and varnish.

On the second day, the first staining is performed. On the third day, you can apply more stain if you are aiming for a darker colour, and the following day you can brush a topcoat of polyurethane, wax, or clear varnish.

Before you refinish your furniture, you’ll want to set up a big area of newspaper below your feet to prevent nasty paint stains on your floors. Make sure that you are in a well-ventilated area, as chemicals can be highly toxic to your body and give you headaches and dizziness.

Pull out your old furniture and give it a brand new look with this technique. It’s a fun and rewarding process that will have a dramatic effect on the way you see your old furniture.

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