How to Stain a Wooden Window Sash

What You'll Need
Brush or sponge applicator
Drop cloth
Varnish or tung oil

Staining a wooden window sash is an easy project that you can complete in a relatively short period of time. It doesn't require many tools and can be done by a beginner.

Step 1: Choose a Stain Color

Choose a stain color that is complimentary to your room decor. Take into consideration other wood tones in the room. It is no longer a decorating rule that all woods in a room must match, but on the other hand you don't want too many either.

Step 2: Apply Stain

Cover the area beneath the window with a drop cloth. Pry open the can of stain and stir until its mixed well. There is pigment in the bottom of the can that will be a thick, gooey substance. You want to stir until this is all blended. Do not shake your stain as it will create bubbles that will ruin your finish. Dip your brush or applicator into the stain and apply a coat to the wood. Leave it on for 10 to 20 minutes then wipe away gently and smoothly with a rag.

Step 3: Apply Coating

Allow the stain to dry for at least 24 hours so you can get a better idea of the depth of color. If you want it darker, apply another coat. After all the stain is dry you can coat the window with varnish or tung oil to protect its finish.