Stain & Finish

  1. How to Restore a Wood Outdoor Bench
    Refinished outdoor wood bench 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
    Refinished wood 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 Wood 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
    Waterproof wood deck with water droplets

    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 Your Outdoor 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 Wood 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 concrete floor in modern house

    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
    Refinishing wood floor with roller on extension pole

    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
    Restained banister on wood stairs

    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 sanding to restain wood furniture
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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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