Stain a Dresser. Step 1: Choose a Stain. Staining beautifies wood and helps reduce the contrast between the different types of grains in different pieces of furniture. Step 2: Remove Hardware, Drawers and Clean Surfaces. Step 3: Remove Old Finish. Step 4: Apply Sanding Sealer. Step 5: Start Staining. Step 6: Finish It.
Remove drawers and hardware with a screwdrivier. Be sure to label each piece to make reassembly a breeze. Sand dresser with 180-grit sandpaper, going with the grain of the wood. Wipe away dust with tack cloth.
Sanding and staining are important steps in achieving a professional finish on a wood dresser.
Don't get rid of that old wooden dresser just yet. Give it a second look, and this time try to see past its paint job or cracked coat of stain. Do you like its design?
Prepare the wood by sanding it with coarse sandpaper (lower numbers indicate a coarser grit). Then sand with a medium- or finer-grit sandpaper (higher numbers indicate a finer grit). Sand until the wood is smooth and even to the touch. Sand with, not against, the grain of the wood.