The Easy Way to Add A High-Gloss Stain to Any Piece of Furniture| How to Stain Furniture, High Gloss Stain, How to Stain Furniture, DIY Furniture Ideas, DIY Home, DIY Home Decor, Furniture Remodel, How to Repaint Your Furniture, DIY Tutorial
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The Easy Way to Add A High-Gloss Stain to Any Piece of Furniture

The chalk paint look is in, and Pinterest is filled with it’s glory! But I’m feeling a little sad for any furniture that needs a little gloss! Adding a coat of high gloss stain to your furniture is way easier than I thought, and this painted furniture DIY has me excited for so many more DIY home projects!

Step One

Before beginning it is SUPER important to remove any previous coats of paint, finish, or whatever else. The outcome of your project is reliant upon getting all of that old stuff off! A light sanding is needed for the paint to “grip” the surface of the furniture you’re painting. Image below from here.

 

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Step Two

Pick out the type of gloss stain that is best for you and the type of project you’re attempting. High gloss stain works great for areas that receive a lot of wear and tear like a kitchen table, kitchen chairs, or any furniture in the kid’s room. See how they stained their farmhouse inspired table here.

 

The Easy Way to Add A High-Gloss Stain to Any Piece of Furniture| How to Stain Furniture, High Gloss Stain, How to Stain Furniture, DIY Furniture Ideas, DIY Home, DIY Home Decor, Furniture Remodel, How to Repaint Your Furniture, DIY Tutorial

Step Three

If you are re-staining your furniture piece, begin to do so now! Wait until your stain is completely dry before moving on. Open your can of polyurethane and mix it with a stick before you begin painting on your high gloss. Stirring slowly will ensure that any bubbles are removed, and bubbles are bad! Image below found on Pinterest. 

The Easy Way to Add A High-Gloss Stain to Any Piece of Furniture| How to Stain Furniture, High Gloss Stain, How to Stain Furniture, DIY Furniture Ideas, DIY Home, DIY Home Decor, Furniture Remodel, How to Repaint Your Furniture, DIY Tutorial

Tips/Tricks

If you decide to add a second coat of gloss to your furniture, it’s important that you repeat the sanding process! Again, it’s important that the wood is rough enough for the polytherune to “adhere” to.

Always make sure you are working on a surface covered with a drop cloth. Opening a window or two is definitely recommended because the polyutherene can be super stinky!

Never use any old varnishes or paint you have stored in your garage. It’s best to get a new paint can every time. Your painted furniture looks better, and it’s better for your health!

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6 Comments

  • Amber

    So you are saying use a polyeurothain over a paint? But what if the paint is water base and the poly is oil?

    • Amber

      Amber,

      Yes! The polyutherane is what makes the paint glossy. If you’re worried about mixing oil and water based paints/polyutherane, read the label of your paint can! In my experience, it always outlines which are best to use!

  • LILY Oleynik

    Oh my gosh that cobalt blue is amazing. So eye catching and beautiful. I love how crisp it makes the room look. Wonderful… JUST wondeful 😀 LOVE IT.

  • Carol

    I’ve painted some furniture but have never used a high gloss finish. If I understand correctly, the polyurethane is clear and is used in the last step to give that glossy finish. So do you mix the paint with the polyurethane and if so what is the ratios? Also, wouldn’t oil based paint be best to use if mixing the two? Thanks so much and your furniture is beautiful!

    • Ashley

      Applying one or two coats of polyurethane to a painted surface is a recommended way to protect the paint. Use a water-based product if you’re concerned about color because it won’t yellow as much as an oil-based one. Oil-based polyurethane levels out to a smoother finish, although it takes several hours longer to dry. You can apply polyurethane over any type of paint, as long as it’s clean and has been properly prepared.

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