How to Stain Indoor Furniture

How to Stain Indoor Furniture

Follow these 4 Steps to Beautify Your Wood

How to Stain Indoor Furniture

How to Stain Indoor Furniture

How to Stain Indoor Furniture

Looking for help with your wood staining project? Whether you are staining a living room end table or hallway bench, staining a piece of furniture will personalize your living space, while giving your wood an extra layer of protection. Follow these 4 steps for the best results.

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Step 1 - Choose the Right Stain
Step 1 - Choose the Right Stain
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Choose the Right Stain

Step 1

Choose the Right Stain

Olympic interior stains come in three formulations — Oil-based, Water-based and Gel. Durability, color, drying time, odor and clean-up vary, depending on the one you choose.

For clear wood protection, we provide 3 choices — Polyurethane, Ultra-Clear Polyurethane and SPAR Urethane.

Learn the differences so you can decide which one is right for your project.

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Step 2 - Prep Your Surface
Step 2 - Prep Your Surface
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Prep Your Surface

Step 2

Prep Your Surface

If the piece of furniture has doors, remove them so that they can be stained lying flat.

Examine the piece of furniture:

  • Fill holes and cracks with a stainable wood filler.

  • Remove all hardware, if any. If this is not possible, use painter’s tape to protect it from the stain.

  • Sand all surfaces in the direction of the wood grain.**

    • For basic prep use 80 grit-100 grit sandpaper.

    • For scratches, dents, or rough edges use 100 grit-120 grit sandpaper.

    • For any leftover scratches or loose wood fibers use 220 grit sandpaper.

  • Vacuum to remove dust.
     

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**WARNING! If you scrape, sand, or remove old paint, you may release lead dust or fumes. LEAD IS TOXIC. EXPOSURE TO LEAD DUST OR FUMES CAN CAUSE SERIOUS ILLNESS, SUCH AS BRAIN DAMAGE, ESPECIALLY IN CHILDREN. PREGNANT WOMEN SHOULD ALSO AVOID EXPOSURE. Wear a properly fitted NIOSH-approved respirator and prevent skin contact to control lead exposure. Clean up carefully with a HEPA vacuum and a wet mop. Before you start, find out how to protect yourself and your family by contacting the USEPA National Lead Information Hotline at 1-800-424-LEAD or log on to www.epa.gov/lead.
 
Step 3 - Stain the Furniture
Step 3 - Stain the Furniture
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Stain the Furniture

Step 3

Stain the Furniture

Before staining, test in an inconspicuous spot and let it dry, to ensure you will get the wood stain color you expected.

  • Apply stain by rubbing or brushing in the direction of the wood grain

  • Allow the stain to absorb into the wood (reference the product label)

  • Remove any unabsorbed stain with a dry cloth

  • Always wipe in the direction of the wood grain!


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Please refer to the product label, Technical Data Sheet (TDS) and Safety Data Sheet (SDS) for detailed safety and application instructions.
 
Step 4 - Protect Your Surface
Step 4 - Protect Your Surface
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Protect Your Surface

Step 4

Protect Your Surface

  • Do not dip into the can, so as to avoid contaminating the wood surface with dust.

  • Tap the brush against the container; wiping will leave the brush too dry.

  • Always apply stain in the direction of the grain.

  • Apply quick and thin coats.

  • Too much brushing or wiping could cause problems when dry.

  • Sand between coats using a 220 grit sandpaper to ensure good adhesion and smooth away imperfections.

  • Wipe away the dust using a damp cloth.


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