Stain & Finish

  1. How to Restore a Wood Outdoor Bench

    Large wraparound bench and firepit on patio

    Your wood patio bench was once the best seat outside the house — a place to socialize, relax or just sit back and watch your garden grow. But age, wear, sun and rain can take a big toll on outdoor wood furniture, marring its surface and stealing its l

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  2. How to Restore a Fireplace Mantel

    Restored vintage fireplace mantel with homey decor

    Before central heating, a home’s fireplace was traditionally a point of congregation for warmth and quality family time. Even if you don’t use your fireplace that often, the fireplace mantel still is a focal point in many living rooms today. Keep you

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  3. How to Stain Your Deck

    Staining deck with extended pad

    Weather takes its toll on your deck with year-round exposure to sun, rain and snow. Your deck’s finish can start to wear off, leaving the wood looking old and battered. And, it’s not just the appearance of your deck that suffers; if the wood loses its

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  4. How to Waterproof Your Wood Deck

    Water droplets beading on waterproof wood deck

    Water, when combined with UV radiation and changes in weather and temperature, can cause your deck to look dull and weathered by washing away your deck's finish, natural resins, and color. While you can't completely prevent your deck's exposure to the

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  5. How to Paint or Stain Outdoor Patio Furniture

    Refinished porch swing with blue pillows

    Your outdoor furniture receives the worst of Mother Nature's extremes. Over time, wood, metal and plastic furniture pieces can begin to look worn from the weather. But (shhh, don't tell our furniture buyer this), there's no need to replace what isn't

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  6. How to Stain Cabinets

    Dark stained kitchen cabinets with modern decor

    If your budget doesn’t have room for new cabinets, don’t worry. You can give your wood cabinets a quick makeover with a fresh coat of stain. Using a different color stain—even as simple as going one shade darker or lighter—can give your kitchen, bathroo

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  7. How To Stain Concrete

    Stained, polished concrete floor

    If you want to give your concrete surfaces just a tinge of color versus the look of a solid paint color or plain concrete, consider staining your concrete surface this weekend. Concrete stain works similarly to paint, and is very simple and quick to apply

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  8. How to Refinish Hardwood Floors

    Roller on extension pole staining wood floor

    Hardwood floors can add beauty and value to your home, but over time, they may become scratched, dull and worn-looking just from everyday wear and tear. If your floors look like they've seen better days, or if you have recently removed carpeting or other

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  9. How to Paint & Stain Your Stairs

    Stained and painted staircase and landing

    When refinishing wood surfaces, stairs often get overlooked or simply avoided because they are essential for moving throughout your home — it can be inconvenient to do without them for even a day or two. Because they’re so heavily trafficked, though, the

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  10. How to Stain Your Banister

    Boy descending stairs holding banister post

    Over time, wood banisters start to show signs of wear and tear from constant use. Staining not only makes a banister look like new, but it also adds a layer of protection to the wood underneath the finish. Whether you're installing a new banister or you

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  11. How to Refinish Your Wood Dresser or Table

    Sanding and stripping an old table to restain

    Do you have an old dresser or table that you've considered tossing because the surface is damaged, dirty or faded? Why not recycle it by stripping the old finish and applying a new coat of stain.

    How to Refinish a Dresser

    Step 1: Choose

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  12. How to Strip & Refinish Wood Furniture

    Woman in goggles using orbital sander to strip old furniture

    Over time, wood furniture loses its luster. But you don't have to discard or sell it when this happens. All it takes is a few simple steps to restore wood and have it looking elegant again. So, don't buy all new furniture — strip your old-looking wood f

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  13. My Deck Staining Routine

    Worn deck boards

    It’s summertime, and you know what that means: we're spending a lot more time outside grilling and just relaxing on our porches and decks. When summer arrived this year, I took a good, hard look at my screened porch and decks and realized they were a

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