How To Create a DIY Dark Wood Stained Finish on Furniture

Watch this video tutorial to learn how to give your raw wood furniture a dark, classic, stained look!

In this brand new video tutorial, company co-founder, Rosanne will show you how to use Country Chic Paint products to transform boring, light wood to give it a classic, deep stained look!

How To Create a DIY Dark Wood Stained Finish on Furniture

Step 1) Start with clean, raw wood

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This technique works best on raw wood that doesn’t have any stain or paint on it. If your piece was previously finished with another product it’s best to strip that finish off before you begin. Make sure your piece is smooth and free of dust or other contaminants.

Step 2) Apply a coat of Glaze

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To start with, we want to make the wood grain really stand out. We’ll do this by applying one coat of Smoky Quartz Glaze.

Make sure you shake and stir your jar of glaze before you begin, then use a synthetic bristle paint brush to apply one even coat all over your surface. You can use a damp, lint-free rag to wipe away the excess until you’re happy with the look.

Work with the grain of the wood! Keep your brush strokes and rag movements in line with the wood grain for best results. If you’re working on a large project, keep in mind that the glaze dries quite quickly so you’ll want to work in small sections.

Let your piece dry at this point for 1-2 hours.

Step 3) Add texture with dry brushing

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By dry brushing a bit of paint onto your finish, you’ll add texture to your finish to authentically recreate the look of aged, dark wood. We chose to use two paint colors for this step; Rocky Mountain and Dark Roast, however you can play around with different colors if you’d like.

To learn more about the dry brushing technique, click here.

Let your piece dry at this point for 1-2 hours.

Step 4) Deepen the color with Black Wax

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To add an even deeper look with a buttery smooth texture, apply one coat of Black Wax with a wax brush or a lint-free rag. Use a clean, dry rag to buff the wax until it feels dry and no longer tacky.

Step 5) Seal with Hemp Oil

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Use a lint-free rag to apply one coat of Hemp Oil over your entire piece, then let it soak into the finish for about 12 hours. If it feels wet to the touch after 12 hours you can use a clean rag to buff away the excess oil.

This technique is beautiful on projects like stools or dressers tops for example!

Find these products at your local retailer

If you would like to try this technique for yourself, stop by our store locator and call your local retailer for availability. If you do not have a local retailer, you can also find these products in our online shop.

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94 thoughts on “How To Create a DIY Dark Wood Stained Finish on Furniture

  1. I absolutely love all of the Country Chic products I have purchased so far. I would absolutely love to try this starter package. I am currently working at giving all of our furniture a face lift.

  2. Great timing!! I am just about to paint my pine dresser with cheesecake chalk paint and I was hoping for a darker top!! This will look great!! Thanks for the inspiration!!

  3. From the videos your products are so simple and easy to use. I have a project I’m waiting to do when I have some me time. Thank you!

  4. So sad that I can’t leave a comment on the video even though I have a google account!. Amazing video, Thank you for the tutoring. It’s like attending Country Chic University when I watch all your YouTube videos. Looking forward trying out this technique. Desperately need some black wax!

  5. I have never used your.product but.i am eager too I’d love to win ur prize package yr colors are lovely ty

  6. This seems like a lot of steps to acheive this Would it not work with one dark paint and then the dark wax?

  7. I love your videos and your paint is the best! Thanks for teaching me how to paint and giving me inspiration!

  8. Great tutorial!! I love the contrast of color and a dark top.I have a small dresser I want to re-finish for my grandson and I think this is just the idea I have been looking for! I look forward to more ideas from you….

  9. Thank you so much for this video!! I’ve been wanting to stain a piece of furniture but wasn’t sure just how! I love your products! It would be so sweet to win!!

  10. Would love to try the hemp oil from video. I have tried a lot of products in my business but have never had opportunity to use hemp oil. The video makes it seem very user friendly!

  11. That is a fun technique and looks great. Thank you. I’ve saved the video in my You Tube to try out on a table top.

  12. The Smokey quartz glaze gives the perfect richness to this piece. Looking forward to trying it out!

  13. I have never tried your products but would like the opportunity to use your products in a piece too add beautiful decor elements within the home. Your paint palette is on trend and I look forward to creating something fresh and new this spring. Cheers

  14. Always great tutorials from you all!! You have an amazing array of products that inspires creativity!! This would look amazing on pretty much anything.

  15. I’ve only just found out about country chic and I have watched all of your mini series, they are all very easy to follow and understand. Must say that Favourate so far is the embossing details.
    Thank you

  16. I know just the piece of furniture I would LOVE to paint with your product!
    Would be amazing to win to try it!

  17. Furniture with a dark wood top and painted finish is my favourite look, good to know how to get this look with products you can use in so many different ways!

  18. This tutorial was amazing, I love the way the products work together to give a nice dark finish! I have a vanity dresser that I would love to try this on! I hope I’m the winner!

  19. I build beautiful farmhouse furniture and know a lady here in Tucson who paints furniture using Country Chic Paint. I want to try it and this sample kit would be the perfect opportunity to try it on some of my pieces! I hope I win!

  20. I love this look I am going to redo my natural oak dining room furniture and I want the top to be dark wood! This is amazing that I found this video when you’re giving away a starter kit, I need it to transform my dining room!

  21. Just started using your products and I ❤️ them! I am so happy that so have found such a high quality, local, Canadian product to use! Thanks Country Chic Paint!

  22. I’m excited to try the black wax, I’ve never seen it before. And love the videos, great tip with the hemp oil.

  23. Love your tutorials! They are all ready projects with awesome results! I have the perfect piece of furniture to do the dark stain finish on. Thank you for sharing!

  24. Beautiful! You make it look easy, would love to give it a try! Great inspiration for some spring projects! Thank you!

  25. Great video tutorial as always!!!! Would love ❤️ to try this paint as it appears to be so easy to use!!! Thanks for this great giveaway!!!

  26. I really want to tackle my coffee table! Time for a new look, thank you for the tutorial hope I win the contest!!

  27. This is a high end look and very sharp. The tutorial showed ways to use 4 different products, very helpful.

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