How to Strip and Stain Furniture

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Here is a tutorial on how to strip your wood furniture and stain it to bring it back to life.

The beautiful after.

I found this piece on a local swap site and loved everything about it, but the color. I brought it home, took all the doors off, drawers out, and removed the hardware.

Using my favorite project, Citristrip and wearing gloves and goggles, I used a cheap paint brush to coat the surface. I worked in about a 2 ft by 2 ft space before moving on to the next. I would let it sit for about 30 minutes.

I used a metal scraper and an old coffee can to scrape up all the stain that bubbled up. Once it was done I used an after wash to clean off the rest of the surface.

After everything had dried, I used my favorite combination of stains, then followed up with a final coat of Polycrylic.

To get the full tutorial, be sure to head over to the blog.

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  • Jjqq Jjqq on Jan 04, 2020

    I didn't know what "afterwash" was - so I clicked on your link. Looks like it is a product to help drying after a car wash - adds shine and helps to reduce swirls and scratch marks. The directions don't list using it on wood - so wanted to ask if the finish makes it glossy ? I wondered how stain would adhere to a glossy surface? Thanks for your input -

  • Weazie Weazie on Nov 22, 2020

    I have a dining table/chair set that is "blonde" and appears to only have a poly-type of coat on it. I want to remove the poly and stain top and seats of chairs. I will paint everything else. Would your recommended products do the trick?

  • Claudia Claudia on Jan 05, 2021

    You didn't have to do any sanding?

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  • K K on Jan 05, 2021

    What is the special mix of stains you used? I guess I missed it on your blog. Kind of looks like Briarsmoke. I think it's outstanding :)


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