DIY Furniture Staining - How to strip and stain wood

One item that caught my eye in the Blogpodium favour bags (after the chocolate) were these Minwax Premoistened Wood Finishing cloths. I was eager to try them out on my kitchen table.

I bought a wood table off Kijiji (a great find). The original stain was nice however it was a bit too dark. Here are my tips on how to stain and strip wood furniture:

Start by removing the existing stain with a heavy duty multilayer stripper. Put on some old clothes, gloves and a mask. Pour a layer of stripper onto the wood surface (approx 3mm thick). Let it stand for 20-30 mins (but not so long that it dries).

Then use an electric sander to remove the stain/stripper. Don't use other tools like steel wool or a scraper (these don't work). To be honest removing the stain took way longer than I expected. I had to go over the same spot dozens of times before I saw a change. Eventually you start seeing saw dust / stripper dust and then you know it's working.

After you finish sanding, clean the wood surface with a damp cloth (let it dry). To prepare for staining again you'll need a mask and gloves. The Minwax finishing cloths come with a cute little package of gloves taped to the back. Remove one stain cloth from the package. They are thicker than I expected (you'll think you're pulling out more than one at a time). Be sure to close the package so the remainder of the cloths don't dry out.

I folded the cloth in four and turned it over a few times while staining. Push the cloth back and forth along the grain of the wood. I used the Natural wood colour and I totally loved it. I did approx 3 coats (waiting an hour in between each coat).

After trying out these Minwax Premoistened Wood Finishing cloths I have to say they are totally worth the money. So much cleaner and easier to use and you're less likely to accidentally create globs on your wood.

I let it dry over night and then used a clear protective finish on the top. I love the way it turned out and it made all the stripping worth it (hmm that's sounds off).


 Here's my kitchenette area before and after.

Harlow And Thistle

Hi! I'm Andrea, I'm a Momma, a Designer and a hopeless DIY'er. I love finding ways to achieve a lux look for less.

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