Dining Room Chair Makeover




Four stained dining room chairs

When it comes to staining furniture, get creative and have fun with it! I wanted to turn my plain wooden dining room chairs into staple pieces that would be the talk at the table. I chose four different colors that would pop against my flooring and Smoky White wall color.

Stain Colors:

Stain Swatches

Paint Color – Wall: Smoky White BWC-13


Materials needed for DIY project

Step 1

Scuff Sand your wooden dining room chairs and do not forget to wipe away sand dust with a cloth then use a nylon brush to apply pre-stain wood conditioner. Let sit for 5-10 minutes then wipe off any noticeable excess with a clean cloth. Let dry for 20 minutes..

Step 2

Tape back of chair and stain seat with desired wood stain color. Be sure to use your nylon brush and stain with the direction of the wood grain.

Step 3

Wipe off excess stain in the direction of the wood grain. Afterwards, tape off the rear edge of the seat in order to stain the back rest in a brighter tone.

Step 4

Stain back rest with desired pop of color and allow stain to penetrate wood for 2-3 minutes. Use a cloth or rag to remove any stain that has not been absorbed. Be sure to wipe in the same direction as the wood grain.

Here are some helpful tips to keep in mind before starting your stain project:

  • If you can’t stain outside, make sure to work in a well-ventilated area.
  • Stir throughly before application. DO NOT SHAKE.
  • Apply product with the wood grain.
  • After applying stain, wait 2-3 minutes, then go back and remove any excess product that has not penetrated the wood.
  • Make sure to let your stain dry completely between steps.

Behr® Interior Wood Stain Products are currently only available in select stores. Find out if it’s available in a Home Depot Store near you. Find a Store. Not available at your local store, Order online at HomeDepot.com.

For more inspiration on Interior Stain Projects, visit Behr.com.

Colorfully Yours,


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