Your Guide on How To Stain Interior Furniture

You can transform the interior furniture of your house to blend into the furnishings beautifully in a few simple steps using our guide to stain interior furniture.


Evaluate the quantity of Interior stain you need depending on the size of your project. Requirements may differ from project to project as you may need a paint stripper and proper personal protective equipment (PPE) if your furniture is already coated. Read the product labels before use to have a good understanding on drying time of stain, PPE required, expected coverage of stain and surface preparation requirements.


Tools & Products You Will Need

  • Interior Stain
  • Good quality Brush
  • Rags
  • Sanding Sheets 180-220 grit
  • Dust Mask
  • Mineral Turpentine

Step By Step Guide To Stain Interior Furniture

Step 1: Preparing the Surface

For Bare Timber:

The first step in preparation is to sand the furniture with 180-240 grit sandpaper. You can start sanding with a coarser grit such as 180 and work your way to finishing it with 240 grits sandpaper to get a smooth finish. Always sand in the direction of the grain to avoid any scratches in appearance.

For coated timber:

For previously coated timber remove all existing coatings on the furniture by using an appropriate paint remover product or thorough sanding.

Step 2: Apply the Stain

Stir the stain well before use with a flat timber stick to get a uniform composition of colour and vehicle. Do not shake the stain as it will create bubbles. Apply a coat of interior stain with a good quality brush or rag. Wipe off the excess stain after waiting for the time as per manufacturer recommendation.


Step 3: Apply the protective clear coat

Ensure the stain has dried completely and solvent has evaporated and then you can apply one or two coats of clear acrylic coating or a clear polyurethane coating as a protective layer on your favourite furniture.


Step 4: Clean your tools

Use mineral turpentine to clean brushes, rollers, or any spillage if you have used oil based stain.