Staining wood furniture step by step

Staining wood furniture can be a tricky process. To make this task a lot easier and to achieve the best possible results, follow these simple step-by-step instructions. by


Step one: preparing the furniture

Even if you have a good furniture stain, it is essential that you completely strip the piece of furniture to be stained. There are several products on the market specifically formulated for this purpose. They will remove all traces of paint or varnish, stripping the furniture down to the bare wood on which to apply the stain. The second step of this process is to sand the furniture with fine sandpaper (120-150 grit) to remove any bumps or irregularities. For best results, always sand in the same direction as the wood grain.

Step two: applying the stain

Once the furniture has been properly stripped and sanded, proceed to the staining process. First, clean the wood surface thoroughly, removing any traces of dirt. After making sure that the surface to be treated is clean and completely dry, mix the stain until the desired shade is attained and then test the color on an inconspicuous part of the furniture. You are now ready to apply the wood stain to your furniture with a sponge specifically designed for this purpose.

The most popular stains are water-based, hybrid, and oil-based stains. Water-based stains are the most economical and the easiest to apply. Â The main advantages of oil-based hybrid stains are their low odor and much faster drying time.

Step three: wood finishes - varnishing

The final step is to apply the wood varnish on the stained piece of furniture. The varnish will protect the wood against wear, scratches, and UV rays, as well as provide a beautiful finish (gloss, semi-gloss, satin, or matte).