A few years ago when we lived in Virginia, my husband and I loved going to garage sales and thrift stores because there was always something interesting to find.
One day we were just driving around and it so happened that there was an old wooden table sitting on the side of the road.
We didn’t hesitate to pick it up because we didn’t really see anything wrong with it.
We brought it home, cleaned it up, and sat it in the corner of our living room with little knick knacks on top.
Fast forward three years and the color is really starting to bug me.
The color scheme for my living room is chocolate with other neutral colors and even though the table is brown, it has red undertones which throws the whole scheme off!
I needed to do a decorative diy wood stain table in order for the table to work. I tried my hand at staining wood tables before.
This one wasn’t that much work either. Just a little stain and stencil work did the job!
Supplies for Staining Wood Tables and Decorating
- Sheet Sander
- 100 Grit Sand Paper
- 150 Grit Sand Paper
- Small Roller Paint Brush
- At least 2 Stains (Color Coordinating)
- Painter’s Tape
- X-Acto Knife
- Wood Sealant
How To Stain a Wood Table
The table was used for random craft projects, so there were tiny bits of paint and scratches in the tabletop.
I used a sheet sander with 100 grit paper to remove the blemishes and then finished sanding with 150 grit paper to add a smooth finish.
Using a roller brush for soft surfaces, I applied a stain that coordinated with my living room to the table.
I allowed the stain to completely dry.
Next, I used painters’ tape to cover the entire tabletop.
An applique that I had around the house for a few years was used as a decorative stencil for the design.
I applied the design by tracing the applique with a pencil.
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A box cutter and very light pressure was used to cut out the design.
I’d suggest using an X-Acto Knife for this part, but I couldn’t find mine, so I used what was handy.
Then I pulled off the cut out design.
A darker stain was applied to the main design. I sanded the patterns where I applied the lighter stains.
I removed the painters’ tape before the stain dried.
Last, I applied a wood sealant to the table.
Now I have a beautiful newish looking table that matches the rest of my furniture!
Do you have piece of furniture that you’ve been aching to refinish?