Every DIYer should know how to stain wood furniture without stripping the old stain!
I think this DIY is a must know for any DIYers out there. Furniture takes a beating over the years. The stain can get worn down, dinged, scratched and chipped over the years. Here’s how to stain wood furniture without stripping. Yay!
I love the results with this General Finishes Gel Stain. This is absolutely not sponsored by General Finishes, I just really use and like the product. 🙂
AND, if you have that old orange tinted stain on furniture, doors, stair railing, etc…in your home, you can use these exact steps to stain your orange stain a beautiful rich brown. I have seen some very beautiful before and after stair makeovers on Pinterest using this Java Gel Stain to get rid of orange stain.
I wish I had thought of trying this Gel Stain makeover BEFORE I painted my stair railing black 6 years ago. I really, really wanted dark brown stained railings and treads, but didn’t want to strip. Oh well, next house, right? 😉
One more thing, I’m sharing this DIY as part of a bunch of new UpCycle and Makeover Projects with some of my very talented blogger friends. You can find the link to all of their projects at the end of this tutorial. Now, let’s get to the steps to Stain Wood Furniture Without Stripping.
Watch the Stain Wood Furniture Without Stripping Video
Seeing someone do something always helps me understand the DIY better. Watch this 3-minute video for a better look at each step.
Here’s What You’ll Need
- Fine Grit Sanding Block
- Medium Grit Sanding Block – for rough finishes (see step 1)
- General Finishes Java Gel Stain
- Foam Brushes
- Minwax Water Based Wipe On Poly in Satin Sheen
- OR General Finishes High Performance Top Coat
Steps to Do This DIY At Home
Please Note: You can see the steps for this DIY to Stain Wood Furniture Without Stripping in the video above. These steps are only for stained wood – painted and bare wood would have a few different steps. Always follow safety directions on any product you use.
If you want to stain bare wood a deep rich brown stain color, check out my Steps to Stain A Table Top. Those steps will work on any bare wood. But you can seal with just 2 or 3 coats of poly instead of the 6 or 7 I use on kitchen tables.
Use a little dawn and warm water or a 50/50 of Denatured Alcohol and Water to clean the furniture.
If you’re old finish is smooth enough for you to leave it alone, then lightly sand with a fine grit sanding block. That will rough up the old finish enough for the new finish to bond to it.
If the old finish is rough to the touch or uneven, then start by sanding it smooth with a medium grit sanding block. You don’t need to completely sand off the old finish, just sand it smooth. Then lightly sand with a fine grit sanding block. That will rough up the old finish enough for the new finish to bond to it.
Apply Gel Stain with a foam brush. Apply a light even coat. Gel Stain can be gummy and not dry completely if applied too thick. Follow directions for dry time and safety. I used 2 coats to cover the original stain.
Seal and protect with 6 coats of Wipe On Poly with a rag for small sections or a foam brush for large, flat areas. If you prefer thicker, water-based brush on poly, you could use 2 or 3 coats of General Finishes High Performance Top Coat.
That’s it! Easy, right? It just takes a little time to get this beautiful look on your furniture. 🙂
More Stain Wood Furniture Without Stripping Pictures
Now, please click the link below to see all of the creative DIY Makeover and Upcycle projects my DIY-loving blogger friends shared, this month. 🙂
Looking for more of my DIY Furniture Makeover videos? You can see them here, on my YouTube channel. 🙂
Or, check out this classic Dark Blue with Dark Wax Cabinet Makeover.
Feeling inspired? Now that you’ve seen this Stain Wood Furniture Without Stripping tutorial, you can do it too. Let me know if you have questions. Don’t forget to sign up for the Abbotts At Home email newsletter to get DIY, Remodeling, and Crafty ideas in your inbox.