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How to Stain Orange Wood Furniture

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!

Quick Easy Steps to Stain Orange Wood Furniture

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”.

How to Stain Orange Furniture

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.)

Varathane Water-Base Polyurethane (8 oz.)

Medium grade sandpaper

Paintbrush

Painters tape

Varathane Stain to Get Rid of Orange Furniture

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

Steps to Staining a Wood 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.

Varathane stain

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.

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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.

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Here is a closeup view of the side of the cabinet. Can you believe how easy it is to stain orange wood furniture? 

How to Get Rid of Orange Stained 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.

How to Stain Old Orange Wood Furniture

I added a few accessories and the cabinet looks like it was always this color!

The Finished Stained Wood Cabinet

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.

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How to Stain Wood Furniture

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8 Responses

  1. Wow, what a difference that made. Thanks so much for sharing. I have some very dark brown, stained, beams in my home and I wonder if I could use the Varathane stain to get them lighter. Might be worth a try!

  2. Nice change for the hutch and really nice it was relatively inexpensive! Good catch!
    Did you ever make the table tops??? Your post for building were the tomato cages (I bought my supplies today) and you said you were going to make table tops. Would be nice to see those! Thanks

  3. I have horrible red oak original floors. Do you think this would work for lightening them up and kill some of that yellow/red undertone?

  4. I’m wondering if this would work onvv NBC a piece that has been French polished?
    I’m in Australia and not sure whether I can purchase the product here – I’ll have to investigate 😊

  5. Beautiful! Your picture shows a can of weathered wood accelerator but I don’t see in the instructions how you incorporated it. Can you elaborate?
    Thank you.
    Robyn

  6. WOW! What a transformation that sounds so easy! I think I need to get this Varathane stain…I can’t believe the difference. I like that the wood grain shows through. I have used chalk paint a lot and I love the ease of it but I would have liked the wood grain to show through on a few pieces…so this sounds great! I would love to have you come and link up to my Centerpiece Wednesday Linky party and share this or any other posts that you would like https://karinskottage.com/2020/06/linky-party-happy-4th-of-july.html Hope to see you there!
    Karin

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