Staining wood is not a difficult task, but it requires attention to details for the final product to turn out well. Seven tips—including choosing a stain color, properly preparing your surface, and using the best techniques during the staining process—can help you complete your project efficiently and achieve beautiful results.
- Match the stain to other wooden items you already have in the room where the wood will be, so that the colors are cohesive and not a mixture of light and dark shades.
- Cover your hands and areas of skin that might otherwise come in contact with the wood stain.
- For a wood surface that is glossy, deep, and fully protected, be sure to seal the surface after you’ve allowed it to dry completely.
“Stained hands and clothing, uneven coloring, and a rough wood surface are just a few of the things that can go awry if you’re not particularly careful.”