How to Stain Wood Evenly Without Getting Blotches and Dark Spots

Get a perfect finish on even hard-to-stain woods like cherry and pine

Required Tools for this Project

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

  • Painters tape
  • Rags
  • Paintbrush

You'll also need a turkey baster, rubber gloves, and disposable plastic cups.

Required Materials for this Project

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

  • Wood sealer
  • Stain
  • Clear finish
  • 220 grit sandpaper