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How to Stain Wood Furniture

Skill:  Novice DIY'er

Protect your investment on your outdoor wood furniture. Restore and maintain its beauty with long-lasting BEHR stains and finishes.

For Best Results:

Best results start with proper prep. Remove old stains and wood finishes with BEHR PREMIUM® Wood Stain & Finish Stripper. For mold and mildew stains, and to restore the wood's natural colour, use BEHR PREMUIM® All-In-One Wood Cleaner.

Apply your stain with quality equipment and follow label instructions.

Always back brush to ensure even application.

Suggested Supplies
  • Plastic Sheeting
  • Drop Cloths
  • Sandpaper
  • Rags
  • Gloves
  • Brush (Nylon/Polyester)
  • Paint Can Opener
  • Paint Tray
  • Paint Tray Liner
  • Stir Stick
WoodSmart by Behr

Learn about product selection, preparation, and how to's for your stain project with WoodSmart by Behr.

Start Woodsmart >>
  1. Step 1

    Place plastic sheeting or a drop cloth on plants, patio surfaces and other objects to protect them from any spills, splashes and drips.

  2. Step 2

    Lightly sand any rough or uneven areas and wipe the furniture clean.

  3. Step 3

    With your brush, apply the stain, brushing in the same direction as the wood grain.

    Use a quality brush. Be careful of drips.
  4. Step 4

    Repeat the process of applying the stain until your project is complete.

    Once you finish, check your furniture from all angles for any missed spots.