10 Tips & Tricks for Staining Wood

Learn how to stain your unfinished furniture perfectly and correctly with these 10 great tips and tricks for staining wood!

So here’s some great tips and tricks for staining your furniture into perfection.

Learn how to stain your unfinished furniture perfectly and correctly with these 10 great tips and tricks for staining wood!

A DIYer can save money by staining unfinished furniture. But staining is scary because it is permanent – and the DIYer does have to be careful. There are also a lot of products to use, including oil-based and water-based stains and wood conditioners, which can get confusing. Here are some ways to avoid common staining difficulties.

When working with stain, protect eyes and skin by wearing safety glasses and disposable rubber gloves. Remember, anything that can permanently stain wood will stain fingers, too. Also wear old clothes to work, since some stain could spill.

1. Stain comes in oil or water-based products.

Oil stains have longer drying times, which will come in handy if you’re working on larger projects like floors, paneling, and doors. Water based stains are low odor and fast drying which will allow you to stain and finish within 24 hours.

2. Oak is the easiest wood to stain.

Pine looks great, but can often stain unevenly (especially due to the knots).

3. Use a pre-stain conditioner that’s water-based.

It’s going to be like your $5 insurance policy. Use a foam brush to apply a thin coat and let it dry about 3-4 minutes before applying your stain. Give it a light sanding before staining, too.

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