How to Stain Oak Veneer Dark

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How to Stain Oak Veneer Dark
Stain your oak veneer furniture piece dark to match your contemporary room design. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

Oak is a light coloured, coarse or open grained hardwood. It is an excellent wood for a beginner to stain, because the open grain is an ideal characteristic for pigmented oil stains. Oak veneer is a thin top layer of oak that is applied over a cheaper building material and is commonly used in furniture. The oak veneer on your unfinished furniture piece can be coloured with a pigmented stain to achieve the dark finish you desire.

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Things you need

  • Unfinished oak veneer furniture piece
  • Tack cloth
  • Pigmented oil stain, dark colour
  • Lint-free cloth

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  1. 1

    Wipe the surface of the unfinished furniture piece with a clean tack cloth to remove any dust or other debris.

  2. 2

    Apply an even coat of the pigmented oil stain to the surface of the oak veneer on the furniture piece using a lint-free cloth.

  3. 3

    Wipe the surface of the furniture piece to remove any excess stain with a lint-free cloth before the stain starts to dry.

  4. 4

    Allow the stain to dry for at least 24 hours before handling the furniture piece or applying an additional top coat such as varnish or shellac.

Tips and warnings

  • Test the colour of the stain on an unseen area of the veneer on the furniture piece, prior to applying the stain to the whole piece.
  • Apply the stain in a well-ventilated area.

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