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How to Stain a Wood Table

The holidays are upon us and I am so excited to be gathering around the table with my family this holiday season! There was one thing that was  on my mind while I was planning my family’s meal….my dining room table! Kyle built this amazing table for me in our last home and as our family has grown, it doesn’t have enough seats for any extra guests!

Kyle was kind enough to build me a new table just in time (full tutorial coming soon!) but today I wanted to share with you how we achieved this amazing, rich oak color.

Supplies for Staining A Wood Table:

Why we Chose BEHR® Interior Water-Based Wood Stain

Kyle and I chose to use BEHR® Interior Water-Based Wood Stain Line for a few reasons!

  • We have used Behr paint products almost exclusively in our home and we were very excited to try their stains.
  • It dries very quickly.
  • The color selection was amazing.
  • It is a high performance formula which is great for this table that will be used almost daily!

For our table, we used the color White Cedar.

How to use Behr’s Interior Stain:

Step 1: Prep your surface!

Start your new stain project by cleaning the surface, which must be dry, clean, and free of dirt, grease, and glue. Continue by lightly sanding the wood and removing all sanding dust – this will help the stain product adhere – and follow up with BEHR® Pre-Stain Wood Conditioner to help prevent streaks and blotches.

Step 2: Apply BEHR Water-Based Pre Stain Wood Conditioner

BEHR Water-Based Pre Stain Wood Conditioner prepares wood surfaces for water-based staining. Along with sanding, this is a critical step in getting even a consistent color of the water-based stain.

Use a nylon or nylon/polyester brush or a saturated clean cloth and apply liberally to all areas of the wood surface including edges.

Allow it to sit between 5-10 minutes, and then wipe off any noticeable excess with a clean, dry cloth.

Step 2: Sanding!

Sand lightly prior to staining to remove grain raise from the wood conditioner.

Step 4: Prep your stain

Stir your can of stain prior to using. Remember – do not thin it out with water!

Step 5: Apply the  BEHR® Fast Drying Water-Based Wood Stain

Apply the stain with a brush, working the stain into the grain. Give the stain 3-5 minutes to adhere to the wood.

Use a lint-free cloth to remove any excess stain, and to blend any light and dark areas. Let the stain dry for one hour. For darker color, repeat the previous steps.

To achieve this color, we only used one coat!

Step 6: Apply the  BEHR® Fast Drying Water-Based Polyurethane.

Once dry, brush on two coats of BEHR® Fast Drying Water-Based Polyurethane. After the first coat, let it dry for one hour.

In between coats, lightly sand surface.

After these steps, the table is ready for light use in just 24 hours! Just to be safe, we gave it the full 3 days to cure prior to using it and styling it!

This table is going to make the perfect setting for the holidays this year! I am just in love with the ease of this stain process and would highly recommend BEHR® Interior Water-Based Stains! You won’t find a color this stunning in any other line!

6 Comments

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    Melanie Campbell
    December 4, 2020 at 8:51 pm

    Absolutely gorgeous!!

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    December 7, 2020 at 2:35 pm

    […] We used Behr Water-Based Wood Stain. It is a three step process and we had a great experience with it. You can read more about the entire process of staining the table here! […]

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    Lynn
    December 10, 2020 at 12:21 pm

    Where did you find your gorgeous chairs?

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    December 12, 2020 at 9:20 am

    Apply the stain with a brush, working the stain into the grain. Give the stain 3-5 minutes to adhere to the wood.

    Use a lint-free cloth to remove any excess stain, and to blend any light and dark areas. Let the stain dry for one hour. For darker color, repeat the previous steps.
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    Janine
    December 24, 2020 at 11:06 pm

    Can you use the same polyurethane to coat a newly painted surface also?
    I am wanting to protect a new woodwork seating area that my son built from moisture when I mop. The bottoms portion will be painted but the top portion will be stained. I want to be able to cover both parts something to protect it.

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    pikachu chu
    January 12, 2021 at 3:32 am

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