How to Stain Soft Woods with Varathane Premium

Whenever you want to revamp any old pieces throughout the home, a quick stain can immediately improve the look and feel of your vintage items. Alexi Parry of Seeking Alexi shows you how interior staining can be simple and effective for any DIY indoor project.

When I first started staining projects, unbeknownst to me, I was doing it all wrong. I made fundamental beginner’s mistakes and I wish I would have done some research, first! Now, I’ve learned the hard way the proper ways to stain using lots of trial and error and lots of research. And now, I bring all of this knowledge to YOU! If you’re reading this article, you’re probably about to stain—yay! I hope this tutorial is helpful for you to learn how to stain!

If you’re one to prefer video tutorials, I share these beginner steps AND a few intermediate/advanced steps over on my YouTube channel. Make sure you go check it out if you’re ready to learn a few extra staining tips (plus, I created the perfect recipe for the prettiest stain color ever, if I do say so myself)!

How to Stain Soft Woods with Varathane Premium

Step 1: Lightly Sand Your Wood

First and foremost, you need to sand your

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