Staining: Do It Yourself or Hire a Professional?

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This article outlines the pros and cons of staining yourself or hiring an expert to do it for you. Keep reading to learn more.

Staining: Do It Yourself or Hire a Professional?

Staining: Do It Yourself


  • Staining yourself means that you can do it on your timeline, and not someone else’s.
  • Staining yourself can save you money (if you have the tools, time, and know how).
  • A DIY staining allows you the flexibility to apply as many coats as you would like to get the desired color.
  • If you have never done any staining before, this may be a fun opportunity to learn a new skill.


  • A DIY staining means a lot of hard, manual labor for you.
  • You risk using the wrong technique, stain, materials, and so on, if you are new to staining.
  • You have to purchase all of the supplies and tools to get the job done.

Staining: Hire a Professional


  • When you hire a professional for staining, you can ensure that your wood will be stained right the first time, with professional grade products that are perfectly tailored for your desired look and local climate.
  • Hiring a professional saves you from the manual labor, in the hot sun, likely on a weekend. Instead, you can spend that time with family or friends doing something you love.
  • Professionals already own all of the necessary tools and protective gear needed.