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Breathe New Life Into An Old, Wooden Counter With Wood Stain And A Painted Design

Instead of replacing your old, wooden kitchen countertops, breathe some new life into it by adding a coat of stain to its surface and enhancing its edges with a painted design. The following steps will describe how to do this with some basic materials. Once you have finished, the counter will look newer and will complement the other decor in your kitchen.


  • wood cleaner
  • cleaning cloths
  • electric sanding machine
  • sandpaper (various grits)
  • tack cloth
  • wood stain
  • mixing stick
  • paint tray
  • paintbrushes (various sizes)
  • stencils
  • two-sided tape
  • acrylic or latex paint

Clean And Sand The Counter's Surface

Apply wood cleaner to the counter's surface and wipe it with a cleaning cloth to remove surface stains from the wood. Dry the counter off with a clean cloth. Attach a piece of low grit sandpaper to an electric sanding machine and move the machine over the counter's surface with the grain of the wood. Any imperfections in the wood will be eliminated during this step and will ensure that the stain is applied evenly in the following step.

After the counter's surface is smooth and any visible imperfections have been eliminated, attach a piece of fine grit paper to the machine and lightly move it over the counter's surface in the same manner. Wipe the wooden surface off with a tack cloth to remove any sanding residue when you are finished.

Apply A Coat Of Stain

Mix a coat of wood stain that is a shade that will complement the other items in your kitchen. Pour the stain into a paint tray. Dip a paintbrush into the stain until it is evenly coated. Apply the stain to the counter in even lines. Begin at one edge of the counter. Add more stain to the brush as needed. Apply stain to the sides of the counter with a narrow paintbrush. Wait the recommended amount of time for the stain to dry. The drying time will be listed on the stain's container. Darker colors tend to take longer to dry than lighter ones.

Add A Painted Design

Add a decorative border around the edges of the counter by attaching stencils to various parts of the wooden surface with two-sided tape. Use a narrow paintbrush to fill in the stencils with acrylic or latex paint. Wait for the paint to dry before removing the stencils. Once you have finished, the counter will look completely different and will add beauty to your kitchen.