First thing is to remember that stain comes in a few types; water based or oil based. Oil stains have longer drying times whereas water based dry quicker usually within 24 hours which will allow you to finish your project quicker, it also has a low odor. There are some stains you can find that are a 1 apply which can be nice so you don’t have to re-apply making your project even longer to finish! So before you start make sure you decide how much time you want to put into this project, each type of stain will look nice so you don’t have to worry about the cosmetics of the different types of stains.
You will want to sand your wood project before you start to stain it. Always be sure to sand with the direction of the grain with a light 180 grit sand paper! Once you have finished with the sanding part you can then start to stain. Apply the stain either with a foam brush or a regular brush (it really doesn’t matter what you use it will look the same either way) Once you have applied your stain be sure to wipe it off with a rag, or else it won’t look even and will have drip marks which doesn’t look very good! Also the longer you leave stain on the darker it will be, so if you don’t want it to be too dark do it in small sections so you can wipe off quickly.
Try not to apply stain too thick as it will just peel off later on. If you want a darker look to your wood project then apply multiple coasts, remembering to still wipe off with a rag.
Staining is one of the easier things you can do, and looks really sharp on any type of wood, it can quickly turn a dull not so great looking shelf, ladder, trim/baseboard into something modern, fresh looking that can light up any room. There is only a few steps when staining anything, so if you have never done it before and are looking for a few tricks of the trade I hope these simple steps will help you!
Happy staining everyone! I hope the outcome of your finished projects look wonderful!