Layering Stain

by Re-Picks
6 Materials
6 Hours

Did you know you can layer stain? Sometimes stain colors aren’t “exactly” what you want but no worries! Layer them up to create the perfect color.


This oak stand set is just to golden. Time for a change!


Sand down to the original wood. Use a lower grit at first to cut through what finish is on the wood.

Finish sanding

Use a high grit to get a smooth finish and soften any sanding marks left by the lower grit sand paper. Then clean and get ready for stain.

First color

I was wanting a gray but wanted a little bit of dark colors popping through.

this is Classic Gray

2nd Color

I needed a rich brown, not too dark, not too light. This color is Jacobean

Start with the grain stain. Apply and let sit per manufacture instructions. (5-15 minutes) then wipe off the excess and let dry completely.

Here is the Gray dried.

Dark Stain

Now apply the dark stain. Do not let it sit. Apply and wipe off. Let dry completely.

Gray stain

Now add another coat of gray. Apply and wipe off. Do not let the stain sit. Let it dry completely for 48-72 hours and add your poly!

Final result

Here’s the after. The bottom will be done the same. But check out that difference! You can create the perfect shade with just the right amount of undertones!

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