Finishing Wood Trim With Stain and Varnish

Follow these four steps (no shortcuts!) and you'll get a perfect finish every time

Required Tools for this Project

Have the necessary tools for this DIY project lined up before you start—you’ll save time and frustration.

  • Sanding block

Natural bristle brush Sanding pad

Required Materials for this Project

Avoid last-minute shopping trips by having all your materials ready ahead of time. Here's a list.

  • 100 grit sandpaper
  • 240- or 280-grit sandpaper
  • Sanding pads
  • Cotton painter's rags
  • Disposable gloves
  • Mineral spirits
  • Tack cloth