Good Questions: Staining Wood Project

Good Questions: Staining Wood Project

Gregory Han
Dec 16, 2008

Hello AT,
I recently bought a light-wood settee with pink fabric and would like to change the wood color to black (as pictured). Should I have it professionally done or can I do it myself? What kind of business would I even approach for this task? Thanks! -Kristy

Kristy, staining wood a new colour is actually a less daunting weekend project than post people think. It does require a bit of prep work and some patience, but the results could be very close to a professional's handiwork and ends up a lot more affordable (and personally satisfying!) than hiring someone else to do it. Just make sure you have sufficient work space to do it, as it can get a little messy, especially with larger pieces.

Abby posted this step-by-step wood staining post earlier this year that might be helpful. And here's our very own experience restaining a piece of furniture a darker colour from last year's January Jumpstart. Our only concern is that the piece shown as an example (and what a beautiful settee, no less!) would require the use of a Dremel to sand down some of the finer inlaid details.

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