The Easy Way to Stain a Pallet Wine Rack


The Easy Way to Stain a DIY Pallet Wine Rack by

This post is brought to you by Thompson’s WaterSeal

Do you remember the pallet wine rack that I shared back in May?  A picture of it caught the eye of a Thompson’s representative who noticed that the wood was raw and kindly offered to send me Thompson’s WaterSeal Exterior Wood Stain in a spray form.  Did you know that stain was available in a spray formula?  I didn’t.

DIY Pallet Wine Rack

Notice that the wine glass slots in the original wine rack have been improved.  Can you see the difference?

Stained Pallet Wine Rack1


The wine rack’s pallet wood was very rough with big splinters on most of the edges.

Pallet Wine Rack Before Staining Rough wood on Pallet Wine Rack


I started this project by sanding with 80 grit sandpaper.

Sanding Pallet Wine Rack


Speaking of sanding, I love Mr. SP’s system of keeping sandpaper for the orbital sander organized and handy.

Sand Paper Storage System


I didn’t worry about getting the wood perfectly smooth, I just removed the worst of the roughness and the splinters hanging from the edges.

Sanded Wood on Pallet Wine Rack


After sanding, it was time to stain.  One can of stain was almost enough to stain my wine rack.  Next weekend I will open a second can to touch up a few spots that I missed.

Thompson's WaterSeal Exterior Wood Stain


Now that it is getting colder, be sure to read the directions on the can to make sure that the outdoor temperature is appropriate for staining.  Yesterday was sunny and in the 60’s in Virginia, perfect for staining.

Pallet Wine Rack Ready to Stain


I applied multiple very light coats of stain, waiting 15 minutes between coats, until the wine rack was the shade of brown that I wanted.

Stained Pallet Wine Rack6

After staining the top, I flipped the piece over and gave the bottom several light coats of stain.

I found spraying stain just as easy as using spray paint.  I’m used to brushing on stain and found spraying on stain a pleasant change.

I really like the look of the stained pallet wine rack and think that the brown is a great color.

Stained Pallet Wine Rack5


Thanks to Thompson’s WaterSeal for sending me their product to use for this project.  As always, all opinions are truthful and my own.

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  1. This is so cool! I had no idea there was spray stain. I can use this knowledge for some Christmas gifts I’m planning. Your wine wrack looks really great!

  2. A DIY wood pallet wine is the best beginner pallet project idea that provides storage solutions for your best wine and glasses. It is so helpful hanging wall organizer. These pallet racks are great DIY gift ideas for the wino’s in your life or the perfect place to display your own wine collection.

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