Staining Doors


Staining Interior Doors

Looking to update the look inside your home? One affordable option is to stain all the interior doors.  It's an easy enough project to complete and will give your home a spectacular new appearance. 

Tools & Materials

Like any project, you will need the right tools and supplies to do the job right the first time. Because the sooner you finish the sooner you can get on with well, anything you want.



  • Drop Cloth
  • Screw driver
  • Hammer
  • Mask
  • Safety glasses
  • Stainsher /Sealer
  • Rags
  • Touch-up brush
  • Extension cord
Step by Step

Staining Doors can be a bit tricky - just follow these steps, though, and there should be no problems for you.

Step 1 - Removing the Door

Remove the door from the hinge. Carefully place the door in your workshop or up against a wall, so it can't tip over and get damaged. Remove all the door knobs and hardware.  Organize all the hardware in a bag or box that is clearly marked so it won't get lost or misplaced



Step 2 - Repairing any eventual damage to the door

Sand down any rough areas. Patch up any dents or deep scratches with wood putty.  Let those dry and sand over.  Wipe down the doors to remove any remaining dust. 

Once the door is removed and repaired, if necessary, the time has come to stain it.

Step 1 - Staining preparations

Select a high quality stain and work in well ventilated area and use a mask, gloves and safety glasses.

Step 2 - Cleaning the door

After you have thoroughly prepared and cleaned the surface, allow it to dry for 24-48 hours prior to painting or staining it. This will ensure the maximum readiness of your projects surface and allow for the best possible material adherence and coverage.

Now that all preparations are done you can finally start to strain the door.

Step 3 - Staining the door

As the doors dry, work to stain the door jamb. Mask off the walls, floor and surrounding areas. Spray on the stain. Apply the stain evenly and always go with the grain of the wood. Have a cloth ready to smooth out any heavy areas or possible drips. Complete all the door jambs and then stain the doors. Let dry and then you can apply a second coat of stain. 

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