How to Stain Wood Video

One question that we get asked, all of the time, on every social channel, email and post is “How do you stain wood”? So, we decided to show ya’ll exactly how we get that beautiful stained finish, in a How to Stain Wood Youtube video!

We always say we love staining vs. painting because it really is super easy! Check out our video to learn some of our favorite staining tools, tips and see just how simple staining really is!

Just click HERE or the image below to watch 🙂

Here are a few of our very favorite stains that we like to use:

Dark Walnut – find it HERE on Amazon

Carbon Gray (find it HERE on Amazon) and Briarsmoke (find it HERE on Amazon)

For the finish, we love the Triple Thick Polyurethane, in Satin or Matte finish! Find it HERE on Amazon.

We hope our video gave you confidence to tackle a staining project! Make sure to share your projects with us on social media! Use #shanty2chic

Thanks for stopping by!

Ashley and Whitney


  1. Diana on October 9, 2019 at 11:28 am

    I noticed the Stain (Varathane) is based oil and the Polyurethane is water based, is that ok to use it do they both have to be oil based and both have to be water based???

    • Kathy on September 27, 2022 at 11:11 pm

      I have used it over an oil-based stain and it worked out perfect. Top of the can specifies it can be used over ANY stain

  2. Heather on August 15, 2019 at 4:38 pm

    Do you girls use a pre stain conditioner?

    • Kristin on September 1, 2019 at 3:00 pm

      I was wondering the same thing… do you gals use a pre stain conditioner?

  3. Erin on August 21, 2018 at 4:28 pm

    Spelled the word bubble wrong in the video.

  4. Stephany Perdomo on July 14, 2018 at 9:28 am

    Hi! I love your work girls. A question: can I use that varathane stain for a exterior dinning table if after I apply a exterior sealer? What do you recommend?
    Thank you!

  5. Amy Tyrpak on March 24, 2017 at 10:53 am

    Do you let the stain dry for an hour and then use Polyurethane? Or do you put the Polyurethane on the stain after you wipe it with a rag?

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