Staining Wood Furniture

October 4, 2010

When staining raw wood, rub it down first with alcohol to bring out the grain.

By Ron from Cortez, CO


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August 15, 2007

I used a off white throw rug and dyed it 3 different colors. I did strips in blue, brown and green. While doing this, I used a piece of wood that was natural to make my lines.

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June 2, 2005

First sand the wood and remove any dust before staining. A clean, used pair of nylons or panty hose works well for applying stain to wood. The nylon provides an even coat and doesn't leave behind any lint.

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August 15, 2009

I have a coffee table that I would like to match my TV stand. It would require me to go from light wood to mahogany. If I'm going darker, do I have to strip the stain away completely? Or can I strip off the varnish and apply a darker stain?

By thegoodone1984 from Anchorage, AK


August 16, 20090 found this helpful

You only need to sand off the polyurethane finish. Then you can apply your stain. I would recommend a gel stain if you are going from a light color to a dark color. If you use a regular penetrating or wiping stain you may have to apply several coats to get your desired dark color. Hope that helps!

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August 19, 20090 found this helpful

If you're only stripping off the varnish, make sure you get it all! Otherwise the stain won't soak into the wood as well. I have always gotten the best results when stripping everything off, even though it takes more work.

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August 19, 20090 found this helpful

I think you'll have better luck sanding down to bare wood so you know you've gotten all of it off.

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June 6, 2012

I am refinishing an old oak desk. I have removed the polyurethane, but there are a lot of aged old black marks still on the wood. How do I get those off before I stain the wood?

By Teresa

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March 10, 2007

How do you stain mahogany?

Neil from Mt. Peasant, PA

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