How Do You Add Color to Wood Stain?

How Do You Add Color to Wood Stain?

When adding color to wood stain, you need to consider any colorant already included in the stain, the hue of the original stain and the type of wood to which it will be applied. Various types of wood absorb stain differently, so some experimentation on a hidden section of the wood may be necessary. You'll need a primary wood stain to act as a base and a secondary color to add to it to complete this project. The process of achieving your desired color is likely to require a little patience.

  1. Choose a base stain that matches the natural hue of the wood

    Examine the predominant color of the wood to be stained, and choose a base stain that matches this color. Look for hues of red, yellow, gray or blond to make an appropriate match.

  2. Choose a hidden spot on the wood surface to test the stain

    To test stain absorption, choose a hidden spot on the wood surface as a test area. First, test a spot with only the base stain, and then begin to add small amounts of the secondary stain color until you reach the desired color. Keep track of the amount of secondary stain added so you can replicate the desired color.

  3. Let the stain dry completely

    Before staining the entire surface, let the test area dry completely to check the final color. The final color is often different from the color of the stain when it's wet.