Staining yellow pine stairs

Lechatnoir12866
by Lechatnoir12866

I would love for these stairs to come out in a gray wood tone. What kind of stain should I use after I finish pulling staples and filling holes? Also what kind of wood filler won't show through, or should I paint them with floor paint?

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  • Dfm Dfm on Jul 18, 2018

    do a test spot or 2 re the stain, pine wood can be very soft and slurp up a lot stain and varnish. I did find a wood conditioner at a big box store that I put on before the stain and varnish.

  • Gk Gk on Jul 18, 2018

    Minwax makes a gray stain. I have used it on oak and it is very pretty. Try it on a sample board first to see if you like it. As for wood filler--if you are staining make sure you get the kind marked "stainable". You may be able to get it already tinted but I am not sure if there is a gray tinted wood filler. And if you choose to paint choose a "paintable" wood filler. You may still be able too see some of your wood filler repairs through your stain depending on the size of the repairs. As for staining/poly vs. painting I would think that the stain/poly would wear better than the paint depending on the traffic these stairs get. You will have to get all the paint off the stair/wall edges! It's going to look fabulous!

  • Gk Gk on Jul 18, 2018

    Minwax makes a gray stain. I have used it on oak and it is very pretty. Try it out on a sample board first. And you can buy wood filler that is "stainable" or "paintable". You can also buy tinted wood filler but I am just not sure if there is a gray tinted one. I would think a stain/poly on the stairs would wear better than paint.

  • Dee Dee on Jul 18, 2018

    Stains come in a multitude of colors, from the normal browns and red tones to grays, blues, greens, blacks etc. Most stores that mix paint can custom mix colors also.

  • With pine, you might be happier with the Varathane brand of stain. The gray is very pretty. The minwax gray looks splotchy on pine.

  • Varathane has a new product, Premium Fast Dry Wood Stain that drys in 1 hour. It comes in 54 colors, including grey. I got to try it out at a blogging conference and was really impressed with it. They also make fill sticks for the nail holes.