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How to stain wood doors

Staining Doors

Interested in updating 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.


Drop Cloth

Screw driver



Safety glasses

Stain /Sealer


Touch-up brush

Extension cord


Staining doors can be a bit tricky. The following tips will make the job easier.

Step 1 - Remove Door and Hardware

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 doorknobs 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 Damage

Sand down any rough areas. Patch up any dents or deep scratches with wood putty. Let those dry and then sand them smooth. 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.  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 surface is ready and allow for the best possible material adherence and coverage.

Step 3 - Staining the door

As the door dries from cleaning, work to stain the doorjamb. 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 doorjambs and then stain the doors. Let it all dry and then apply a second coat of stain.

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