Staining your wood kitchen countertops can have several benefits. One of them is the fact that it makes the surface more beautiful. Another thing that it does is that it helps seal the surface, making staining a long term project. If you’re thinking that wood countertop staining is going to be too difficult or expensive then think again. I’m going to share with you the step by step process on how you can stain your wood countertops yourself and save money at the same time.
There are many ways to get beautiful looking wood kitchen countertop stains on your own. The first way to do it is to sand the wood to use a belt sander over a wood grain that you wish to stain. Sanding like this will make a small hole on the surface of the wood. This will allow the stain to seep in easier and last longer than what if done manually using a brush or pad.
When applying the stain to the wood, take time to make sure that you cover every inch of the wood. Using too much of the stain dye can cause streaks in the wood. After the stain dries give it a couple of days to properly set and work its way into the wood.
Before actually staining the wood I recommend doing a couple of practice runs before you actually start the wood countertop project. That way you can see how the stain will look and how much you should expect it to turn your wood into. Most importantly you will also get a feel for how the stain will behave once it gets wet. Another great benefit to having done this practice staining is that you will know exactly when it’s ready to be stained and ready to have installed.
The next thing you will want to do when learning how to stain a wood kitchen countertop is to decide what color you want the stain to be. This will help you prevent the wood from fading and changing colors due to sunlight or any other reason. There are a couple options you have when deciding what color stain you are going to use. You can either choose from natural wood color dyes, or you can choose an acrylic based stain dye.
Acrylic based stains will last longer and are easier to maintain than the natural wood ones. Once you have decided on the color you want you can choose the brand of stain dye you want to use. Some people like to use a particular brand for their wood kitchen countertop because they think it makes the product last longer and gives it a better appearance.
When you are ready to start staining your wood countertops follow the directions on the container very carefully. You will not want to damage your wood when trying to stain it. If you do not apply the stain properly it may not look right and the color may even not match up. There are a couple ways you can do this, one way is to spray the stain on the wood and then wipe it with a rag or paper towel. Another method is to put some paper towels or scotch tape on the stain and rub it into the wood making sure it is evenly wet.
Allow the stain to dry thoroughly before using the wood kitchen countertop. If there is any left over from the previous stain that you used to clean it with water. If the stain is an acrylic based, make sure you use some acrylic sealer to help protect it from ultraviolet rays. Let the stain dry completely before placing anything on the countertop.