Confession: I used to admire beautiful furniture redos where someone actually stained all or part of the furniture instead of just painting, but I always thought I couldn’t do the same. I’ve been painting walls, furniture, paper, or whatever catches my eye for many years but stain is a whole different beast. Paint covers a multitude of sins that stain exposes- incomplete sanding, uneven finishes, ugly wood. I also had this idea that staining took some higher level of skill and experience.
If anyone else out there is afraid, I am here to tell you: staining is awesome. It is not particularly difficult and it can be oh so beautiful. Stained wood has such a warmth and depth that can sometimes be missing from a room filled with painted furniture. And it is not difficult – no secret tricks or difficult maneuvers. I really just sanded down the old finish to the bare wood and then followed the instructions on my can of stain – easy. And I am really loving the results. Not to mention, staining tends to be a much more durable finish for a tabletop or other frequently abused surface.
I picked this adorable little table up at a yard sale for 5 dollars. I loved the shape and feel of it.