I’m sharing how to restain wood without stripping today! I use a simple product, and a simple process, to do this. Read on!
Hey, hey beautiful friends!
I’ve got a super simple little DIY for you guys today. I had planned to share a brand new (old) piece of furniture that I am giving a makeover to, today.
But sadly, did not get it finished. (I didn’t want to rush it just to post it today) I will be posting it next week, so stay tuned.
Here it is…just to tease you guys a little!
Isn’t it a beauty??
If you follow along with me on Instagram, you probably saw my post about it in my “stories”.
I shared it and asked what you thought I should do about that top (see that odd piece of wood?). Well, a lovely follower over there gave me a great idea.
And I did it!
I just love you guys. I hope to inspire you with my posts, makeovers, thrifty decor, tutorials, etc, but guess what….. YOU all inspire me too!
It’s such a giving community, and I just love it.
Okay, so let’s talk about how to restain wood without stripping.
It’s one of my favorite things to do.
Because I’m a lazy crafter. lol
I hate sanding and prepping. I mean who likes doing that?
I just want to get to the fun part….painting, making beautiful, etc! And the sanding and stripping are just not fun for me.
Although…I do love to see that gorgeous bare wood that’s revealed after stripping and sanding. Go figure!
But today we are talking about how to restain without stripping.
When I shared our recent kitchen reveal you probably saw these bar stools we picked up for the island.
You can see those photos here >>> Coastal Kitchen Remodel Reveal
Except they didn’t look like that in those photos.
I paired them with our newly renovated kitchen island. (that we made with big box store cabinets)
You can see that here >>> DIY Kitchen Island
OH!! And pop back over there because I found 2 photos on my phone that show how we did the backside of the island.
Duh, I thought I had taken photos of that but since I did it on my phone, instead of my camera, I missed them.
Anyway, go check it out if you are interested in seeing those.
See how orange-y these barstools are???
Not exactly the look I was going for and they don’t look that great with our new flooring either.
BUT the style…. perfect.
I had searched (and searched) for bar stools I liked but couldn’t find any anywhere.
I absolutely loved the style of these, the ivory upholstered top, nailhead trim…all exactly what I was looking for.
So what’s a girl to do??
Well, this girl buys them anyway knowing she will have to give them a quick update once they get here.
Because that color will just not do. And giving things makeovers is what I do, so…
Interested in these barstools? Let me first tell you where I got them >>> here.
So when they came in, I pulled out my trusty PolyShades and got to work. (I have no photos of this as it was during my rush to finish in time for Christmas…along with everything else we were rushing to finish around here…sorry!)
But, it’s simply applying with a brush. (or a foam brush works well too)
(Want to see even more of my favorite furniture makeover supplies??? Take a look at my very own curated shop, here!)
TIP – Use a good brush or foam brush, a light hand with enough product that it doesn’t “pull” and “drag”. It will settle nicely as long as you’ve used enough product.
Too little and it can look splotchy. However, too much, and it can look heavy, and thick and cover up any graining you have. It’s best to practice on a scrap piece of wood so you can get a feel for the product first.
Here is the exact >>> color I used for this project if you want to recreate it.
And as you know, this is how they turned out.
SO much better.
And they look much nicer with the flooring without clashing with it.
This is the exact time I’d use a product like this instead of sanding and stripping down the wood.
I don’t recommend this product for every makeover project, but when you have something small like this that needs a quick little update, this is perfect.
But just to be clear, I did very lightly sand 1 of them…and then forgot to sand the other 2 (remember…I was frantically trying to finish up things before the holidays, lol) I just got on a roll! I should’ve lightly sanded them all but they are honestly all good to go.
All 3 are hard and have not scratched one bit. (I tested because I realized…oops…didn’t do the light sand on the remaining 3)
Now, here’s the thing, you don’t always have to sand.
It really depends on the finish you start with. This finish actually happened to be less “shiny” and more matte.
I think that is why I had no issues.
Overall I would recommend doing very light sand (and I do mean light with a very fine sandpaper).
Be sure to wipe away all of the dust before you begin. And always clean well. That goes without saying.
I think they look so much better and it truly was an easy update.
I’m so happy with them.
And like I’ve said many times before if you find something you love and it’s just not right, or the right color, etc, bring it home anyway.
Then give it a little mini makeover..and voila!, your perfect, new loved piece.
I did that same exact thing with our coffee table in our morning room….and our table in the foyer.
Here are a few other projects I’ve used this product with:
Some of my first projects with this product are in this post.
See them all >>> here.
Another favorite and early one on this $5 thrift store coffee table!
Details >>> here.
This old table got a brand new look…with paint and PolyShades.
See what it looked like “before”>>> here.
Check out what this one looked like “before”>>> here!
And edited to show how I even updated our stairs this way too…
Hop on over here to read more about it!
So, as you can see, this is a nice workaround for sanding and stripping.
Less work with optimal results is always a good thing, right?
As I mentioned, I don’t recommend this for every project but it is a great one for many!
I do have some other products that are equally simple to update old stains with…just differently.
I’ll be sharing more on that in another post soon. (UPDATE!! See that post now, here.)
It’s good to have lots of makeover options in your arsenal. The options are good….and fun.
I hope you enjoyed learning more about how to restain wood without stripping.
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More posts in the “back to basics” series:
- How To Create Faux Verdigris (and video)
- How To Create Faux Patina (and video)
- How To Dry Brush
- 26 Different Types of Chalk Style Paint
- Pros and Cons of Chalk Paint For Furniture
- 5 Top Ways To Seal Chalk Paint
- How To Chalk Paint Furniture & More!
- How To Transfer Images
- How To Import Images Into Silhouette
- How To Restain Wood Without Stripping(you are here!)
- How To Use Gel Stain
- How To Bleach Wood
I’m also be sharing this brand new makeover. Be sure to stop back by to see it. :)
UPDATE!! See it now, here!!
See you then!