How to Restain Wood a Darker Stain

Updated February 21, 2017

Different types of wood in your home, such as shelving units, furniture or even the floor, likely have a coat of stain on them. This stain helps protect the wood from a build-up of debris, moisture damage and sunlight. However, if you are in the process of redecorating your home, the current stain colour on your wood might no longer match your new decor In this case, you can re-stain the wood a darker stain to incorporate it better into your design scheme.

Sand off the old wood stain. Before you can re-stain the wood, you will need to remove the first coating. Use 220-grit sandpaper for flat areas and plastic steel wool for rounded areas, such as chair legs.

Clean up the sanding dust. You can use your vacuum cleaner to clear the surrounding area and a damp cloth to remove dust from the wood itself.

Find an inconspicuous portion of your wood, such as underneath or behind a piece of furniture. To make sure the new stain is dark enough, you're going to test it out on this area.

Dip a paint brush into the new, darker wood stain. Brush it onto the inconspicuous area liberally.

Wait a few minutes. Take a cotton rag and swiftly wipe off the stain. This will reveal the true colour on the wood. If it's not dark enough, test out a darker stain before continuing.

Brush the darker stain onto the wood liberally, just as you did with the practice area. After a few minutes, wipe it off. If you have a large wood area, you may need to complete this process in small sections.


To even out the colour or to get the dark shade you want, you may need to apply a second coat of stain. Allow the first coat to dry for several hours before applying more stain.

Things You'll Need

  • Sandpaper
  • Plastic steel wool
  • Vacuum cleaner
  • Cloth
  • Paint brush
  • Stain
  • Cotton rag
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