Watch more Painting & Wallpaper videos: http://www.howcast.com/guides/353-Painting-and-Wallpaper Subscribe to Howcast's YouTube Channel - http://howc.st/uLaHRS Learn to stain wood so you highlight and protect the character of your wood furniture. Howcast uploads the highest quality how-to videos daily! Be sure to check out our playlists for guides that interest you: http://howc.st/ytmainplaylists Subscribe to Howcast's other YouTube Channels: Howcast Health Channel - http://howc.st/HOE3aY Howcast Video Games Channel - http://howc.st/tYKKrk Howcast Tech Channel - http://howc.st/rx9FwR Howcast Food Channel - http://howc.st/umBoJX Howcast Arts & Recreation Channel - http://howc.st/vmB86i Howcast Sports & Fitness Channel - http://howc.st/vKjUjm Howcast Personal Care & Style Channel - http://howc.st/vbbNt3 Howcast empowers people with engaging, useful how-to information wherever, whenever they need to know how. Emphasizing high-quality instructional videos, Howcast brings you experts who provide accurate information in easy-to-follow tutorials on everything from makeup, hairstyling, nail art design, and soccer to parkour, skateboarding, dancing, kissing, and much, much more. Warning Wood stain and polyurethane are highly flammable and contain harmful vapors. Work in a well-ventilated space and wear rubber gloves and a face mask. Step 1: Choose your stain Pick a shade and style of stain that will give your piece the look you want. Oil-based stains are the easiest to work with and the longest lasting. Step 2: Prepare the wood Prepare the wood by sanding it. Start with the rougher, lower-grit paper to remove scratches and other blemishes. Tip Remove dust after each round of sanding. It allows subsequent sanding to go more smoothly. Step 3: Finish prep Finish preparing the wood by sanding it with the higher-grit sandpaper until it is even and smooth. Step 4: Wipe Wipe the wood with a damp rag to remove debris. Step 5: Apply stain Apply the stain evenly with a brush or sponge, stroking with the grain, making sure to cover all areas. Step 6: Allow stain to dry Allow the stain to dry for one to 15 minutes in an area protected from the sun or excessive humidity. Tip The longer the stain sets, the darker the finished product will be. Step 7: Remove excess stain Gently wipe the excess stain from the piece with a dry rag. Step 8: Add polyurethane For added protection, add a light, even coat of polyurethane. Allow three hours to dry, then sand with the 220-grit sandpaper. Step 9: Dry and repeat Repeat the sanding and polyurethane process. For ultimate protection, apply three coats total to be sure that your piece of furniture will retain that classic look well into the future. Did You Know? Traditionally, rusty nails were soaked in vinegar to create wood stain. You can still use this eco-friendly option today.
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