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How to Apply Stain, Varnish, Wax, Dye or Oil to Wood

Follow these simple steps to apply stain, varnish, wax, dye or oil to enhance the look of wood.

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Top 70 Staining Projects

  1. 1. Creating a Built-In Bookcase (01:00)

    Here are the DIY Basics on creating a built-in bookcase.

  2. 2. Water-Based and Oil-Based Color Stains

    Learn more about water-based and oil-based stains for your next DIY wood-stain project.

  3. 3. How To Give Furniture An Antique Look

    Some people enjoy the challenge of taking an inexpensive piece of unfinished furniture and giving it some of the charm and character of...

    Time:
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    Cost:
    $50 - $100
    Difficulty:
    Easy to Moderate
  4. 4. How to Weather and Distress New Wood

    Visit DIYNetwork.com to see the how-to project for how to distress and weather new wood to look old. See the helpful step-by-step instr...

  5. 5. How to Stain Wood Furniture

    Learn expert advice on basic steps for staining -- a simple and inexpensive way to update wood furniture.

    Time:
    Under Half Day
    Cost:
    $50 - $100
    Difficulty:
    Easy to Moderate
  6. 6. Where There's a Will (04:47)

    This former community blight still needs some TLC on the outside.

  7. 7. Staining Concrete (01:00)

    Here are tips on how to fix ugly concrete for not a lot of time or money.

  8. 8. How To Create Faux Marquetry

    Follow these steps to create a faux-marquetry border by applying wood stains to a hardwood floor in a geometric pattern.

    Time:
    Weekend
    Cost:
    $100 - $250
    Difficulty:
    Easy to Moderate
  9. 9. How To Create a Stained Concrete Patio

    Learn how to make a custom concrete patio with a rock-salt finish.

    Time:
    Several Weekends
    Cost:
    $5,000 - $10,000
    Difficulty:
    Moderate to Hard
  10. 10. How to Use Stain for Stenciling on Wood

    Using stain, instead of paint, for a stenciling project helps show off the wood grain and gives furniture an antique look.

    Time:
    Day
    Cost:
    $1 - $50
    Difficulty:
    Easy to Moderate
  11. 11. Eco-Friendly Wood and Concrete Stain

    DIY Network's Carter Oosterhouse uses sustainable cedar and eco-friendly concrete stain in a backyard makeover.

  12. 12. Step 5: Sand and Paint (00:50)

    How to finish the chair rail molding by sanding and painting or staining.

  13. 13. How to Stain a Garage Floor

    Can't get rid of oil stains on the garage floor? Consider changing the floor's color with concrete stain.

    Time:
    Weekend
    Cost:
    $100 - $250
    Difficulty:
    Easy to Moderate
  14. 14. Outdoor Deck Cleaning and Staining Guide

    Give tired old boards the full treatment -- a deep cleaning and a new tint

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  15. 15. Staining a Garage Floor (00:01:00)

    Here's a Garage Mahal quick tip on staining a garage floor.

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