Staining beautifies wood and helps reduce the contrast between the different types of grains in different pieces of furniture. There are two types of stains, oil-based and water-based. Oil-based stains penetrate the wood without raising the grain. However, they give off fumes causing a strong odor. Water-based stains are more eco-friendly and offer easy cleanup with soap and water. No matter what, don't use deck stain on furniture.
Consider the color or shade of stain to use according the room size. To open up a room and make it feel larger, opt for a lighter stain. To add warmth to a larger room and make it seem cozier, choose a darker stain.
When staining dressers, you usually don't have to worry about inside the drawers or cabinets since these parts are rarely visible.
Before starting, select a well-ventilated work area like the garage. Open the windows or turn on fans. Better yet, work outside if the weather permits.
Never refinish near extreme heat or open flame. Stripping chemicals and stains are highly flammable and can ignite.