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stained table in a backyard


Transform a tired table and refresh your living space with this simple D.I.Y. staining project. With a few simple steps, you can give your furniture a brand-new look, creating a beautiful centrepiece for any room.

Tip: Since this project involves sanding and staining, it’s best to complete it outside.


1Remove dust and cobwebs

Prepare your table by wiping off the dust and cobwebs using a microfibre cloth.
Bunnings TM removing dust from table

2Remove handles

Remove any handles or fittings. (You may need a hammer or drill for this step.) 

Bunnings TM removing handles of table

3Fill the cracks

If your table has any cracks, patch them up with filler.

Bunnings TM filling paint from table

4Lightly sand

Use an orbital sander to sand back the timber. Lightly press and let the machine do all the work.

Once you’ve finished sanding, wipe away the excess dust using a cloth.

Green Bunnings hammer
Safety tip: Make sure you’re wearing safety gear while using the sander.
Bunnings TM sanding the  table

5Stain the furniture

There are a lot of options to choose from when it comes to staining – everything from clear to walnut to black. Choose one that will complement your space.

Depending on your desired finish, you may need to apply more than one coat. Don’t shake your can of stain beforehand, as this will form bubbles that may end up in your finished product.

Once you’ve completed your desired number of coats, leave to dry. Once dry, you can move your table back inside. 

Green Bunnings hammer
Safety tip: Make sure you’re wearing a safety mask while applying the stain, and follow the product’s instructions.
Bunnings TM paitning the table

6Indoor display

Choose a space to show off your table. Style it with candles, books and a vase, and use the drawers to conceal any unnecessary clutter.

Stained table in hallway

7Ready to get started?

Explore our wide range of stains for your new indoor table.

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Health & Safety

Asbestos, lead-based paints and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber are health hazards you need to look out for when renovating older homes. These substances can easily be disturbed when renovating and exposure to them can cause a range of life-threatening diseases and conditions including cancer. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer or visit our Health & Safety page.

When following our advice in our D.I.Y. videos, make sure you use all equipment, including PPE, safely by following the manufacturer’s instructions. Check that the equipment is suitable for the task and that PPE fits properly. If you are unsure, hire an expert to do the job or talk to a Bunnings Team Member.