How To Stain Furniture

Thrift shops, flea markets, free things on the street…these are all bargains that we canturn into treasures with the simple technique of staining furniture.

How many times have you seen a cute coffee table with a free sign, abandoned because it had watermark on the surface? Or a sophisticated cabinet with dents and scratches that you refused to take home?

It’s true, no one wants scratched, dented, or watermarked furniture. In general, we want things that are new, shiny, and clean looking.Staining furniture is a wonderful technique that can be the lifesaver to a lot of your furniture. Staining is easy to do, and is slightly time consuming but totally worth the effort once all is said and done.

Staining takes a total of three to four days, depending on how dark you want your furniture piece to be. It requires special tools like stripping utensils, stripping chemicals, a stain, sanding paper and optional sander, foam brushes, sponges, and cloths.

Refinishing furniture is a long process, as it takes time for chemicals to act, for sanding and painting, and especially for drying. On the first day of staining you’ll sand and/or strip your furniture piece off of old paint and varnish.

On the second day, the first staining is performed. On the third you can apply more stain if you are aiming for a darker color, and the following day you can brush a topcoat of polyurethane, wax, or clear varnish.

Before you refinish your furniture, you’ll want to set up a big area of newspaper below your feet to prevent nasty paint stains on your floors. Make sure that you are in a well-ventilated area, as chemicals can be highly toxic to your body and give you headaches and dizziness.

Pull out your old furniture and give it a brand new look with this technique. It’s a fun and rewarding process that will have a dramatic effect on the way you see your old furniture.


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