Tips for Staining Oak Interior Doors

You may need to stain your beautiful oak interior doors to bring out the grain and the color of the oak. This is an easy job for any do-it-yourselfer to accomplish.

Tools and Materials

  • Oak stain
  • Rags
  • Rubber or disposable gloves
  • Fine steel wool
  • Fine sand paper

Preparing the Door

It is a good idea to lightly sand the entire surface of the door before you begin to apply stain. This will remove any flaws or dirt that may be on the wood. If the door is unfinished and has been handled, body oil from your hands can cause the areas touched to resist stain. Wipe all the sanding dust from the door when finished.

Applying Stain

Before beginning, stir the stain to be sure the pigment is dissolved. It normally settles into the bottom of the can, and when you dip into it with a paint stirrer, it will look like a dark gooey substance. This needs to be completely dissolved.

Dip your brush into the stain and apply to the door in long even strokes. If it runs, brush over it to even it out. Cover the entire door, let it sit a few minutes and then wipe away the excess. Allow the stain to dry, and then decide if you want to apply another coat to darken the door.