How to Stain an End Table with BEHR® Water-Based Stain & Poly In One

Got an old end table that needs a new beginning? We can help. BEHR® Water-Based Stain & Poly In One makes it easier than ever to do-it-yourself.

For Best Results:

Start your interior stain project by cleaning the surface and lightly sanding the wood.

  1. Person sanding a wood end table with a sanding block

    Step 1

    To prep the surface, gently sand the wood with a sanding block and 220 grit sandpaper, then give it a wipe with a lint-free cloth to remove all dust.

  2. Staining wood end table with paint brush

    Step 2

    Apply a thin coat following the direction of the wood grain, making sure to keep a “wet” edge.

  3. Person sanding stained wood end table with sanding block

    Step 3

    Lightly sand the surface once more with 220 grit sandpaper and wipe away the dust with a lint-free cloth.

  4. Person applying second coat of wood stain with paint brush

    Step 4

    After applying a second coat, let it dry for a couple more hours.

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Suggested Tools & Supplies
  • Sandpaper (120, 220, 320 and 400 Grit)

  • Sanding Block

  • Cheesecloth

  • Latex Gloves

  • Mini Foam Applicator

  • Multi-Purpose Shop Rags

  • Metal Can Opener

  • Paint Thinner

  • Painter's Tape

  • Plastic Containers

  • Drop Cloths

  • Tack Cloth

  • Natural Bristle Brush

  • Safety Glasses

  • Screwdriver

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