- Place the object to be stained outside or over newspapers in a well-ventilated area.
- Sand all surfaces with light-grit sandpaper, then sweep away any remaining sawdust with a hand vacuum, brush or rag.
- Pry open the top of the can of stain with a flat-head screwdriver, and use a paint stirrer to mix thoroughly.
- Dip one corner of a clean rag into the stain. Dab away excess stain on the lip of the can.
- Apply a light coat of stain to a hidden part of the object being stained. Apply the stain evenly to avoid a mottled appearance, and use a moderate amount of pressure on the rag.
- Check the stain's color. If the color is right, dip more of the rag into the stain, dab off the excess, and begin staining the rest of the surfaces.
- Apply the stain lightly and in long strokes going with the grain of the wood.
- Wait an hour or until the first coat is dry.
- Check the color.
- Add one or more additional coats to darken the stain.
- Let it dry overnight.
How to Stain Wooden Furniture
Prepping the wood can be tedious and time-consuming. Staining your furniture is the fun part.