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Wood Staining & Refinishing

Six layers of paint was stripped off to refinish this heart-pine door separating the bathroom and bedroom. | Photo: Patricia Lyons

A Ramshackle Little House Gets a Second Life

Boat-wood effect: Inspired by reclaimed-wood furniture made from traditional Indonesian fishing boats that have been retired, this four-color finish features multiple layers of paint, so it has texture—a good fit for pieces that aren't in constant use, like an occasional table. | Photo: Daniel Hennessy

Transform Furniture with a Painted Patina

Color wash: This technique adds subtle color while allowing the natural beauty of the wood to show through. Try it on unfinished pieces with paneling details for the wash to accentuate, like the cabinet above. | Photo: Daniel Hennessy

Transform Furniture with a Painted Patina
  • Trish Snow

    Oh my gosh. We did this to our furniture back in the 60's!!!! What a hoot!

Using a clean, dry rag, work the pickling solution into the wood by rubbing against the grain. Then, using a fresh rag, wipe with the grain to remove the excess and expose the grain. Repeat this sequence, working in patches to cover the entire bench evenly. Let dry overnight. | Photo: Wendell T. Webber

How to Create a Pickled Finish on Wood

Prep wood furniture for whitewashing: Using a medium-grit sanding sponge, scuff up all the surfaces to open the pores of the wood. Be sure to work with the grain. | Photo: Wendell T. Webber

How to Create a Pickled Finish on Wood

Wood Stains: When wood needs a little help to look its best, brush or wipe on some stain to deepen its color and highlight the grain. This brush-on product, born in the U.S.A. in 1984, combines stain pigments and polyurethane in one can, making for fast finishing. | @Minwax

Best Building Products Made in America

Interior, water-base poly works well on light-colored woods and stains where ambering would be undesirable. Blended with acrylic resins, it goes on milky but quickly dries crystal clear. Not as durable as oil-based polys. Available in gloss, semi-gloss, and satin. |

All About Polyurethane

Interior fast-drying oil-based poly is great for caabinets, floors, furniture, and trim such as wainscot, where abrasion resistance and durability are important. |

All About Polyurethane

Water-based, oil-modified interior poly combines the durability and ambering of an oil with the fast drying time, low VOC content, and easy cleanup of a water-based product. It's great for doors, cabinets, furniture and floors. |

All About Polyurethane

Tabletops and other surfaces subject to abrasion benefit from high-build, oil-based finishes that provides maximum durability with just two coats. |

All About Polyurethane

Gloss, semi-gloss or satin polyurethane? Choose whichever sheen you like best; there's no difference in durability. Just remember that the glossier the finish, the more it will show any underlying imperfections and any future wear and tear. |

All About Polyurethane

Oil-based, water-based or water-based oil-modified polyurethane? We show you the characteristics of each so you can know before you buy and try. |

All About Polyurethane

Wipe-on poly is best for carved, embossed, or profiled surfaces where a brush could leave drips. |

All About Polyurethane
  • Kat Hertzler

    Just used this on our dining table legs after I refinished the table. I was singing its praises! Great product.

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The secret to staining and refinishing wood furniture--new and old--with wood finishing expert Bruce Johnson |

How to Stain and Finish Wood Furniture