Have you ever wished for a way to get rid of orange stain found on older furniture? I finally figured out how to stain orange wood furniture and the result is amazing!
Do you have any orange stained wood in your home? You might have it on your kitchen cabinets, on a table, or even a cabinet like mine. Either way, at some point most of us have wished there was a way to get rid of the orange on our wood furniture. I just figured out how to do it!
The photo above is the cabinet that I stained in a couple of hours.
The photo below is the “before photo”.
Pretty remarkable, don’t you think? I shared this project on my Instagram over the weekend. I had so many DM’s on my feed that I decided I needed to write a blog post to answer all of your questions.
The first thing you need to know is this total project should cost you about $20.00. I partnered with Varathane products and the stain I used is amazing!
What You Need to Stain Your Cabinet
Varathane Whitewash Wood Stain (8 oz.)
Medium grade sandpaper
Why I Chose These Varathane Products
The Varathane Whitewash Woodstain allows users to change the color of wood projects without sanding or stripping the original finish. It can be applied right over existing polyurethane finishes. It can be used on furniture pieces with difficult to sand areas like turned-table legs or indoor projects when sanding and stripping isn’t an option.
I sanded my cabinet just a bit to help the wood absorb the stain. In hindsight, I think I could have skipped this step.
You need to use a top coat since the stain is waterbased. The Varathane Water-Base Polyurethane is a protective topcoat that should be applied over Varathane stain products. It is available in various sheens like Matte, Semi-Gloss, and Gloss. It is also available in brush-on or aerosol format. I used the matte brush on.
All of the Varathane products are sold at Home Depot.
I used the small 8 oz. cans and used less than 1/2 of each can.
How To Stain a Cabinet
Protect all of your hardware and glass with painters tape. Remove any knobs or additional items.
I lightly sanded the entire cabinet at this point. According to the directions on the Varathane can, you don’t even have to do this. So it’s up to you. It took less than half an hour anyway.
Before I applied the stain, I practiced on the back of the cabinet so I could determine how much stain to apply and how hard I wanted to rub it off.
Mix the can of stain and apply the stain to a small area. Let it sit for three to five minutes.
Using a soft, dry towel, gently rub off the stain. You can decide how much you want to leave on the cabinet by how long and how hard you rub.
Continue painting and rubbing in manageable segments. Don’t get ahead of yourself. In the photo below, you can see that the top hasn’t been painted with the stain yet.
Here is a closeup view of the side of the cabinet. Can you believe how easy it is to stain orange wood furniture?
My final step was to apply the Varathane Water-Base Polyurethane. I used the matte finish so you can’t even see a difference.
I added a few accessories and the cabinet looks like it was always this color!
I will paint the inside of the cabinet this weekend. I ran out of time but that will be a very simple project.
Here is a video showing all of the details.Pin the image below to your DIY or Project boards on Pinterest (just click the Pin button in the top left corner). You can also follow along with me on Pinterest!