How to Stain a Wood Table

Even though it takes some time, staining a wood table is very easy.

Staining a table enhances the beauty of the wood, making what could be a typical piece of furniture into a beautiful keepsake. Staining a table can also help disguise any blemishes or scratches from years of use. If you take your time, allow enough room for the project and have some patience, your wood table can be stained and beautiful in a very short time. .

Disassemble the table completely.

Sand the table parts, piece by piece until smooth, with 80-grit sandpaper. If the table has been finished in the past, ensure that all past finishes have been sanded away.

Select a stain based on the type of wood your table is or on the decor of your home. If your table is made from oak, you should select oak stain. However, for many types of wood, there are variations on the darkness of the stain. Select the one you prefer.

Stain your table parts by lightly brushing the stain onto the surface. Make sure that you've evenly coated all sides and angles of each piece. Allow to dry for at least 8 hours.

Brush one more coat of varnish onto each table part, being sure to coat each side evenly. Allow to dry.

Reasseble your table as it was when you started.

Things You Will Need

  • Sandpaper, 80-grit
  • Oribital sander
  • Drill
  • Hammer
  • Stain
  • Sponge applicators
  • Ventilated area


  • Finish your table by applying two to three coats of clear varnish.


  • Make sure you're in an open area with proper ventilation. The fumes can become dangerous.

About the Author

Vicki Wright, writing and editing professionally since 1996, has extensive business management, marketing and media experience. Wright has a Bachelor of Science in socio-poltical communication from Missouri State University and became certified as a leadership facilitator from the Kansas Leadership Center in 2010.