Layering Stain for a Cool Effect Info

Topics being covered

  1. Applying different shades of stain to a piece of furniture. 
  2. How to use sandpaper to create the 'streaky' effect. 

Supplies/Tools List

  1. Stain - color: Kona, Sun bleached
  2. Cotton rag
  3. #220 Sandpaper
  4. Minwax Polycrylic - clear gloss

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 Layering Stain for a Cool Effect - beachbumlivin

Layering Stain for a Cool Effect - beachbumlivin

This weeks project I demonstrate how layering stain can give you a really cool look to your furniture project. It's a very simple finishing technique that anyone can accomplish and get great results! Continue reading down below  :)

Creating the Layering Stain Project

So, to get started I went ahead and did the inside a solid color because I'm not worried about layering it on the inside. There will be baskets in there so I'm not worried about that. As far as supplies, you don't really need that many, at the minimum you need two different colors of stain. I have that dark Kona and that sun-bleached that I will put on top. I have the Polycrylic to seal everything up. You’ll also need some #220 girt sandpaper just too lightly sand it and then just a staining rag so you can rub in the stain. That's it as far as the supplies go.


To get started I'm going to go ahead and put tat first layer on which is going to be the Kona, the dark brown. I’m just going to put in on, let it dry and then go from there. I usually use a rag but you can use a sponge brush or you could just use a regular brush. The reason I like a rag is because I tend to have more control over the stain when I apply it. So, that's why I like using a rag. What I end up doing is I just cut down a t-shirt into a small square. What I don't want is to have a big huge rag where I'm worrying about controlling the excess or anything like that. So I take a little rag and I what I do is wrap two fingers around, get it wet with stain, and then I can really control it just using the two fingers. So that's the method I tend to use. All right, so I just finished that first coat of Kona stain and even though I plan on putting a second coat just on the outside part I want to go ahead and lightly sand it because even though I'm going to be covering it with more stain, this kind of starts the process of it having that cool layered look. Where it has some darker spots and lighter spots. What will happen is I’ll go ahead and lightly sand this. I'll actually sand away some of this first coat to where a lot of the bare wood underneath is exposed. So when I put that second coat on the places where it still has some of this dark stain, it will get darker, and then it will stain some of the places I sanded it will be a little lighter. What it will do is start giving it that texture look. So, I'm going to lightly sand it real quick and then put another coat of this Kona stain on the outside.

All right, I just finished up that second coat of Kona stain and I went ahead and lightly sanded it again. As you can see, what I was doing was just putting more pressure in certain areas than others and it was getting it down to the bare wood and it gave it a streaky look which is exactly what I was going for. Now I'm done with that step and now I'm going to do the final color, sun-bleached, which is like a light grey color. On this color what I plan on doing is I'll just apply the stain and then as soon as I put it on just immediately just wipe it off. I don't want too much of it to stay on there but I do want a little bit of that color. So I just finished up the grey and as a last step I went ahead and went over all of it with a #220 grit, lightly, just blending the grey and what I ended up with is this streaky wood grain look. I think it looks awesome!

So I’m finished with everything on the outside and the only thing I left to do is to put a coat of protection on. I'm going to use Polycrylic on the outside, gloss. I really think gloss makes this effect really pop and look cool with the shine. So I'll put a gloss on the outside and just a satin on the inside. I didn't really do anything to the inside so I want to keep the look subdued. So that’s the last thing I need to do and then I'll be done.


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