How To Update Oak

My most popular post, by far, has been How to Paint Your Cabinets Like a Professional.” As a result, I have gotten a lot of questions, specifically, about how to paint oak cabinets. Use that damp cloth again to rub the mixture into the grain until you don’t see the stain anymore. Then I rubbed Minwax Special Walnut stain on it, let it sit for about a minute or two, and then wiped off the excess. If bare wood is visible at the bottom of the scratch, you need to re-stain the wood. I am staining yellow pine stair treads that are a little beat up, oak rails and trim, and maple newel posts. Ask your refinisher to create options by mixing stains in different proportions (it’s even easier than mixing paint) and applying them to samples of the same wood used in your floor.

Remove the remaining stain by wiping the wood down with mineral spirits or naphtha (be sure you have plenty of ventilation and don’t work around open flames), followed by wiping with a clean cloth. One door has lots of dark pores on frame and maple ply panel, the the other test that was sprayed looks like the stain sits on the surface and i see no grain or dark pores. So, I finished this one and then thought it would have really been cool to stain it with a more natural option. Never allow any excess stain to dry on wood surface—it will cause all sorts of adhesion and other issues.


All stain choices are formulated to specifically highlight the beauty of this prized hardwood. Remove the last of any unabsorbed stain with a dry cloth wiped only in the direction of the grain of the wood. Oh, and that reminds me, there is certainly an alternative to white staining a floor. All it takes is a little mineral oil and a soft rag to begin working the stain out. Sherwin Williams also has a wood grain filler called Sher-wood Natural Filler that looks promising as well. There is NO dye or stain that compares to the depth and glow of proper fuming of white oak.

If it’s not dark enough the first time, reapply the stain, let it sit, and wipe it off again. While the process of fuming a piece of furniture is simple, working with ammonia requires special precautions. Stain Method: Most individuals when looking for a black finish will simply go to the hardware store and select a black stain. But if it is an older floor or if you object to the harsh light reflective qualities of prefinished floors, you must use a black dye stain for sure on all woods to create an even color. We pulled up carpet on our stairs and they are not oak they are a different wood.

Seal the wood with the lacquer sanding sealer, sand the furniture with 320 grit Tri-M-Ite (3M product) and spray on another coat of lacquer sanding sealer, but do not sand it. So I don’t know if you really need to rent a big sander to do the work, but it does sound like a thorough sanding is in order so that the surface is properly prepped for stain. The first thing you need to do is shake your can of stain thoroughly before pouring it out into your paint kettle.

Fillers are applied in a heavy film or paste form either by spraying or brushing, and the excess is wiped off with rags, scrapers or burlap, flush with the top of the wood surface. Because it’s so dark it provides maximum coverage, unfortunately I can’t vouch for any other color. Newer pieces with a thin protective layer of poly over it are good candidates for the black stain, older pieces with layers of old poly or varnish are not. The quick way to see the effects of iron is to look at old construction or old furniture where nails or iron hardware contacts the wood.