Step 9. Apply Wood Stain + Varnish
Brush on your choice of wood stain with a clean paint brush, and rub off any excess with a rag. Work on one side at a time, and don't neglect the interior compartments. Re-apply the stain until you reach your desired shade, or re-sand in spots to create a distressed, barn-wood look. After your stain has dried, apply a coat of varnish to seal the wood. Allow it to cure overnight.
- Set up your staining station in a well-ventilated area covered with scrap paper or drop-cloths.
- To eliminate any residual fumes from the stain and varnish, let your silverware caddy air outside for a few days before use.