How To Stain Wood Countertops So They Look Fresh And Amazing

You Can See The 9-Step Process We Take To Stain Our Client’s Wood Countertop
Staining the wood countertop

You can watch as Mike, one of our project managers, walks through our 9-step process on how to stain wood countertops. You’ll love the difference it makes.

It’s Seen Better Days

“Yeah, I need to have this restained as soon as possible.”

Jason runs his hand lightly over the old wood countertop. It has stain damage from water, coffee, and who knows what other drinks. Scratches and scuffs mark the top like old battle scars.

Before following the process for how to stain wood countertops

Sarah rubs his back knowingly. “I know how important this is to you, so let’s do it. We can look up how to stain wood countertops and do it ourselves. It’ll be a fun family project.”

Jason smiles. “That would be great. If it seems too complicated we can always hire someone to do it for us.” He takes out his phone and searches for the process on Google.

Here is the 9-step process he finds-

9 Steps To Staining Wood Countertops

  1. Sand off existing stain and polyurethane
  2. Apply a thick coat of the stain to wood countertop
  3. Let the stain sit for 15 minutes or so
  4. Wipe the excess stain off
  5. Let the stain dry overnight
  6. Apply one coat of quick-dry polyurethane
  7. Lightly sand with 220-grit sandpaper
  8. Dust off the wood countertop
  9. Apply a second coat of a more durable polyurethane

*In this project, we used Old Master’s Maple Color Stain for this maple countertop

The sanding clears the way for the new stain. Getting rid of the old stain opens the wood up so the new stain can sink in. It also gives it a textured surface. This makes it easier for the stain to bond to the wood. The second sanding does this too.

*We started at 60-grit sandpaper and worked our way to 220-grit. This gave it a super smooth feel.

The polyurethane seals and protects the wood from liquid, scratches, and heat.

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“Well, what do you think, Jason?” Jason stares at the screen for a while. “I think it’s doable. I’d like to try it on my own first. If I can’t do it or I mess up we can look into hiring somebody. Sound good?” Sarah nods and Jason gets to work.

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