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How to Use Paint as Stain

Using paint as a stain is an extremely simple and easy-to-do process that can give your wooden furniture beautiful results. This type of painting is most commonly seen on light wood furniture, like tables, shelving and chairs. It can also be used on wood floors, decks and ceilings.

Things You Will Need

  • Paint (preferably acrylic or oil)
  • Paintbrush
  • Sealant

Using paint as a stain is an extremely simple and easy-to-do process that can give your wooden furniture beautiful results.  This type of painting is most commonly seen on light wood furniture, like tables, shelving and chairs.

It can also be used on wood floors, decks and ceilings. 

  1. Dilute your chosen paint. For acrylic paints you can use water; for oil, use a solvent like turpentine. The amount of thinner you will need, depends on how strong of an effect you want. The higher the solvent ratio is to the paint, the lighter the color will be.
  2. Test the paint color by painting a piece of wood of the same type and color as the object you wish to stain. Ideally this will be a hidden corner of the floor or the underside of the table. Test by applying a tiny amount of your paint and thinner mixture, first with more paint and the least amount of thinner, then slowly adding more thinner, until you reach the desired level of color saturation.
  3. Paint the object with the stain you have created. For added color depth, wait until the first coat dries and apply a second coat. Finish off with the sealant of your choice.

Things You Will Need

  • Paint (preferably acrylic or oil)
  • Paintbrush
  • Sealant

About the Author

Carmen Laboy has been publishing short stories and poetry since 1998. Her work appears online and in "Tonguas Experimental Literature Magazine." She was a script reader for the Duke City Shootout 2010, arts education intern at 516arts gallery and has worked as an assistant for many artists. She studied at the Universidad de Puerto Rico and Escuela de Artes Plasticas, a prestigious art college.