Asked on Oct 16, 2017

How do I stain pine wood so it looks like oak

by Penny
I have a pine table which is waxed and a yellow colour, I want it to change to a lightish oak colour to match my chairs, any ideas?

  4 answers
  • Nick Way Nick Way on Oct 16, 2017

    Pine is a wide-grained soft wood whereas oak is a narrow-grained hardwood. As such it's nearly impossible to match the grains. Color wise, however, since pine soaks up stain much better than oak, it is possible to match the colors of the two different woods. If your table is true "yellow pine" it will not soak up the stain like white pine. Strip the table of all finish you can remove, first with a chemical stripper and the progressively sand until the wood is bare. Take a chair to the store you use to buy your stain and match to the correct color. Try the stain on a place on the table, underneath if possible. Keep the stain stirred well at all times. If the wood absorbs the stain too quickly and thus turns darker than you want, apply a coat of sanding sealer, let it dry, sand it lightly, and then try the stain again. If it is ever too light, simply continue apply another coat till you get the color as close as you can get. Always apply stain in the direction of the grain, keep a dry cloth handy to wipe off excess and keep the stain evenly applied. I prefer using good cotton rags with no lint to both apply and wipe the stain, but some people prefer to apply with a good bristle brush. Anyway, good luck.

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    • Penny Penny on Oct 17, 2017

      It’s going well so far.!

  • Fauxgal Fauxgal on Oct 16, 2017

    I would sand it down to bare wood (sand only in the direction of the grain). Once clean and dry. Use a wood conditioner. Then apply the lighter oak stain, and seal it as directed above.

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Jun 24, 2022

    Sand down and apply oak stain you would like then seal or you might be able to use an Oak Wax.