How to Color Plywood Furniture DIY

Plywood furniture DIY has a distinctive appearance. Although it can fit in well with other light colored furniture and decorations, sometimes the contrast with other wood shades striking. In these cases it is often much cheaper to color plywood furniture with a bargain and not replace furniture. Learning to color plywood furniture is therefore the key to renovating your woods and making them melt in better with their surroundings.


Sand the entire surface of the rough sandpaper to remove all surfaces marks, paint or other debris. Replace the surface with medium-sized sandpaper to smooth the surface, making the DIY furniture suitable for dyeing. Always sand in the fiber direction, rather than against it, to achieve a smoother surface. Clean the dust and debris with an old cloth. Buff the entire surface of the furniture with a cloth. Apply the paint to a cloth and polish the surface again. Allow the spirits to dry for half an hour. Apply wood conditioner to a sponge. Rub the furniture with the sponge to prepare a suitable base on the wood for dyeing. Thoroughly clean the sponge.

Dip a brush into a can of wood stain. Brush away any excess in the wood stain tin, to prevent drip and spill. Brush the stain on the furniture in a short run. When brushing, go with the grain instead of it, as this gives a much more natural finish to the wood. Allow to dry for an hour or two before applying a second layer of paint in the same way. Grind the entire surface of furniture with a low slip paper. When grinding, do not push too hard. The purpose is to achieve a slightly keyed surface without scoring the wood. Apply polyurethane sealant to a sponge. Rub the furniture with the sponge and also apply a layer of sealant as possible. Allow sealant time to dry. The exact amount of time needed varies, so consult the sealant manual for more accurate information.

Tips and warnings

Apply the spot thin to ensure the level of staining you desire. It is always possible to add more layers of bite later if you decide the wood is too light, but it is much harder to remove it if you have used too much and decide the wood is now too dark. Working with paint nuts, wood stains and sealants can be dangerous. Inhalation of evaporative solvents may cause headache and respiratory problems. Always wear worms and gloves when working with these chemicals. Work in a well-ventilated area, or outside if at all possible, to minimize the risk of chemical inhalation.