Staining a louvered door can be difficult because of the horizontal slats. Stain your louvered door using stain, polyurethane, sandpaper, tack cloth, gloves, an old rag, a stir stick, a drop cloth, an angled paint brush and a ladder.
- Protect the area
Lay down a drop cloth to protect your floor.
- Gather your materials
Gather a jar of stain in the color of your choice, waterborne polyurethane, 120- and 180-grit sandpaper, tack cloth, an old rag, latex or other disposable gloves, a stir stick, an angled paint brush, and a ladder.
- Prepare the door
Sand the door lightly with sandpaper. Remove the dust with your tack cloth.
- Stain the door
Stir the stain to mix the color. Brush the stain on the door with the angled paint brush. Stain with the grain of the wood.
- Wipe off excess stain
Allow the stain to sit for 5 to 15 minutes. The longer the stain sits, the deeper the color. Wipe off excess stain with an old rag. Wipe the door again to even out the color of the stain.
- Apply additional coats
Apply additional coats as desired to achieve a darker look. Wipe off excess stain between coats.
- Allow the stain to dry
Let the stain air dry.
- Apply the polyurethane
Stir the polyurethane. Apply it to the door with your paint brush in single strokes. Let the polyurethane dry for an hour.
- Sand the door
Sand the door with 180-grit sandpaper. Remove dust with a tack cloth. Apply a second coat of polyurethane.