Stain over varnish?
October 11, 2009 8:59 PM Subscribe
How can I easily darken already varnished wood?
posted by hulahulagirl to Home & Garden (8 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
My family is taking over an existing restaurant and re-opening it as a different restaurant. We have a limited budget for up-front renovations and the restaurant has wood paneling on the inside. Not the cheesy kind, but real wood boards laid on the diagonal on the wall (tongue and groove, pine maybe).
We can only close the restaurant for 3 days to complete renovations, so tearing the paneling completely off is not an option since we have other projects to tackle during the 3 days.
I want to darken the wood, but as it's tongue and groove, it would take too much time to sand in the grooves to remove the varnish that is already on it. I want to check into options for darkening the color, but I don't know what products and/or methods would work the best.
(In the long run, putting up new walls would/will be ideal, but at this point, early on, we don't have the time or money.)