Building & Renovating

Building 101: Different Wood Stains

Enhance the natural beauty of wood by applying oil-based stains


Wood stains lend a certain wood tone to an otherwise plain piece of lumber. It also adds a protective film similar to that of clear varnish. You can opt for a half tone or a full color of the stain depending on your taste. Use these on cabinets, paneling, and furniture.

Production by Paula de Guzman and Tala Singson. Photographed by Louie Aguinaldo, Vincent Coscolluela, and Miguel Nacianceno.

Read the original article ("Real Living’s Ultimate Swatch Guide”) in the April 2013 issue of Real Living Magazine. Download your digital copy of Real Living on the Real Living App ( now! Log on to for more details.  

Here are swatches that you may consider:

Dark Oak Halftone

Dark Oak Full Color

Oak Halftone

Oak Full Color

Mahogany Halftone

Mahogany Full Color

*Mahogany swatches are from Boysen Oil Wood Stain.

Walnut Halftone

Walnut Full Color

Maple Halftone

Maple Full Color

*Maple Swatches from Davies Woodstain.

Wenge Half Color

Grayish brown wood stains look sophisticated when paired with cream-colored neutrals.

*Wenge Swatches from Davies Woodstain.

Wenge Full Color

Real tip: 

Leave one stain application to dry thoroughly overnight before applying the second coat. Brush over once to wipe off excess.

To know more about wood stains, visit the nearest hardware store.

Boysen offers oil wood stains. Get in touch with them here.

Davies also has special finishes. You may contact them here.


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