- Remove any hardware that is on the piece of furniture. Place these in a plastic zipper bag to reattach later.
- Work outside in a well-ventilated area. Work in a covered area if possible to keep debris from falling into your stain and ruining the project. Cover any work surface to protect it from the stripper or the stain.
- Apply the stripper to the pecan wood using a natural bristle paintbrush. Allow the stripper to sit for as long as the manufacturer's directions suggest.
- Scrape off the stripper and the old finish using a plastic scraper. Do not use a razor blade as this will scratch and gouge the wood.
- Sand the entire surface of the pecan wood using 200-grit sandpaper. Wipe off all the dust and debris with a damp rag.
- Feel the surface of the wood. Look for imperfections or spots that are not perfectly smooth. Re-work these areas if necessary.
- Apply the stain using a clean rag. Wipe in one direction along the grain of the wood. Cover the pecan wood completely and evenly. Let the stain dry for twenty-four hours.
- Check the surface of the pecan wood over to make sure the stain is even. Apply a second coat of stain if desired. Allow the stain to dry for 72 hours.
- Reattach any hardware.
Things You Will Need
- Plastic zipper bag
- Stain with polyurethane included
- Using a stain that already includes the polyurethane saves you several steps. Use regular stain and a polyurethane finish if desired. Make sure to lightly sand the stain before applying the polyurethane and also sand between each coat of polyurethane for a smooth professional look.
- It is a good idea to allow your piece of furniture to cure for a week before placing any knickknacks on it. If the finish is not completely dry, these items can cause damage to the surface of your furniture and imperfections in your finish.