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8 oz. Dark Walnut Classic Wood Interior Stain

  • Timeless color in a penetrating wood wiping stain
  • Classic wood finish - layer coats to achieve rich, natural color
  • Wood stain recoats in 2 hours and covers 37 sq. ft. per 8 oz.
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Product Overview

Classic Penetrating Wood Stains

Classic Penetrating Wood Stains – Build Color

Classic color in a wiping wood stain with ultimate control. Reclaim the beauty of wood surfaces including maple, oak, pine and more.

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Creating flawless finishes for over 60 years

Expert wood finishing quality since 1958 for the professional, DIY fixer upper, furniture maker or home restoration project.

Premium Fast Dry Wood Stains

Premium Fast Dry Wood Stains – One Coat Coverage

High performance, fast drying stain with one coat application. Perfect wood tone and enhanced wood grain in less time.

Start by Sanding

Start by Sanding

Sand in direction of wood grain with 120 grit sandpaper. Progress through 150, 180 and 220 grit.

Classic Penetrating Stain

Classic Penetrating Stain

Apply stain with the grain using a high quality brush or lint free cloth. Layer coats to build rich color.

One Coat Fast Stain

One Coat Fast Stain

Cover with one liberal coat. Allow to penetrate for 5-10 minutes. Remove excess stain by wiping with cloth in direction of grain.

Protect with Poly

Protect with Poly

Use Varathane Polyurethane over surfaces stained with Varathane Classic or Fast Dry. Polys increase protection, durability and color retention.

Stain Furniture

Stain Furniture

Use as a wood furniture stain

Wood Floor Stain

Wood Floor Stain

Stains wood floors

Kitchen Cabinet Stain

Kitchen Cabinet Stain

Add rich color to cabinets

Craft Stain

Craft Stain

Create unique décor and gifts

Table Stain

Table Stain

Use to stain tables and stain chairs

Door Stain

Door Stain

Update your curb appeal

Varathane 8 oz. Dark Walnut Classic Wood Interior Stain provides a rich natural color that beautifully enhances the wood grain. Applies easily with high quality synthetic brush, lint-free cloth or foam applicator. Customize color or achieve a darker color by adding additional coats.
  • Designed to enhance natural grain of interior wood surfaces such as furniture, cabinets, doors, trim and more
  • Covers up to 37 sq. ft., recoat in 2 hours to build color
  • Semi-transparent formula provides a classic, natural color that allows wood grain to come through
  • Wood finish penetrates deeply providing long lasting protection
  • Available in a timeless color assortment that provides the ability to match colors to previously stained projects
  • Most surfaces or projects require 2 coats, apply additional coats to further customize look
  • Final coat dries in 4 hours
  • For further protection, polyurethane may be applied
  • Allow 8 hours before applying oil-based poly and 24 hours before water based poly
  • Cleans up with mineral spirits
  • Online price includes PaintCare fee in the following states: CA, CO, CT, DC, ME, MN, OR, RI, VT, WA
  • California residents

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Container Size
8 Ounce
Coverage Area (sq. ft.)


Application Method
Brush,Wipe On
Base Material
Oil Based
Color Family
Dark Walnut
Dry to touch (min.)
Number of coats recommended
Number per Package
Paint/Stain Clean Up
Mineral Spirits
Paint/Stain Features
No additional features
Paint/Stain/Waterproofer Product Type
Specialty Finish/Small Project
Product Form
Substrate Condition
Bare Wood,Finished Wood,Old/Reclaimed Wood,Stained Wood,Unfinished Wood
Substrate/Surface Use Type
Time before recoating (hours)
Vertical / Horizontal
Wood Effects
No Additional Effect

Warranty / Certifications

Manufacturer Warranty
Satisfaction guaranteed for full refund of purchase price

Questions & Answers


Can I use it on these shaker style oak wood cabinets without sanding/adding any other products? Will it turn out the proper color? I already bought it

Asked by Jen June 5, 2021

Happy to help, Jen! Rust-Oleum Varathane Classic Wood Stain must be applied to bare, sanded to wood to ensure proper penetration. We also recommend applying in a test area first to ensure the desired color, since the wood species used can affect the final color. - Rust-Oleum Product Support 3

Would weathered oak actually stain yellow pine even wirh pre conditoner ? Any tips?

Asked by Tom May 6, 2021

Glad to lend a hand, Tom. Rust-Oleum Varathane Classic Wood Stain in Weathered Oak can definitely be applied pine wood. We do recommend with softer woods such as that be conditioned to ensure a uniform finish. For that, you can used the Rust-Oleum Varathane Wood Conditioner. https://www.homedepot.com/p/Varathane-1-qt-Wood-Conditioner-342087/305704375 - Rust-Oleum Product Support 5

Can varathane classis wood stain be used outside.

Asked by Bob April 25, 2021

Thanks for reaching out, Bob! We actually wouldn't suggest that the Rust-Oleum Varathane Claissic Interior Stain be used on an exterior application. The UV wouldn't allow the product to hold up the best. We hope this helps. - Rust-Oleum Product Support 1

Color matching

Asked by Sbryant April 23, 2021

Thank you for reaching out! Our Varathane Wood Stains work best for interior wood surfaces. For an exterior fence, we recommend using one of our Wolman Wood Stain coatings: https://www.homedepot.com/b/Paint-Exterior-Wood-Coatings-Exterior-Wood-Stains/Wolman/N-5yc1vZbbbmZ5ep - Rust-Oleum Product Support 2

Are there stains with Polyurethane

Asked by Punkin April 23, 2021

Thank you for reaching out! If Gunstock is the color you would like, we recommend applying the Varathane Classic Gunstock Wood Stain, then polyurethane in the sheen of your choice. We do also offer our Varathane Oil-Based Stain & Polyurethane, which is a tinted polyurethane coating: https://www.homedepot.com/p/Varathane-1-qt-American-Chestnut-Satin-Oil-Based-Interior-Polyurethane-and-Stain-2-Pack-339613/305535877 - Rust-Oleum Product Support 2

How do I care and clean any future stains or spots after this stain is applied on my furniture?

Asked by Danielle April 17, 2021

Happy to help, Danielle! Rust-Oleum Varathane Classic Wood Stain is a penetrating product that dries and hardens inside the wood. To protect the finish on interior furniture, we recommend finishing with Rust-Oleum Varathane Ultimate Polyurethane. Once the finish has cured, the surface may be cleaned with standard nonabrasive household cleaners. https://www.homedepot.com/p/Varathane-1-qt-Clear-Satin-Oil-Based-Interior-Polyurethane-341720/305583791 - Rust-Oleum Product Support 4

Can you use this stain on butcher block then seal it with Tung Oil?

Asked by Butcher April 15, 2021

If it was aged completely I personally would not have an issue with using it.

What kind of seal do apply after i stain my doors?

Asked by Jo April 13, 2021

Great question, Jo. If the Rust-Oleum Varathane Classic Wood Stain was applied on an exterior door, then we recommend using Rust-Oleum Varathane Spar Urethane. For inside, you'll need to use an interior polyurethane. https://www.homedepot.com/b/Paint-Exterior-Wood-Coatings-Exterior-Wood-Sealers/Varathane/N-5yc1vZaquxZ641/Ntk-EnrichedProductInfo/Ntt-spar%2Burethane?NCNI-5&storeSelection=1950,1912,1986,1976,1961&experienceName=default - Rust-Oleum Product Support 5

Do you have exterior

Asked by LB April 8, 2021

We can help! While our Varathane line does not offer an exterior stain, Rust-Oleum Varathane Classic Wood Stain can be topcoated with a suitable spar for durability on exterior surfaces. We recommend using a Rust-Oleum Varathane Spar Urethane. https://www.homedepot.com/s/varathane%2520spar?NCNI-5 - Rust-Oleum Product Support 3

can interior stain be used on exterior surfaces if there are coated with exterior polyurethane

Asked by de March 26, 2021

Thank you for reaching out! An exterior wood stain such as our Wolman DuraStain is a better option in most cases for exterior wood surfaces, however, our Varathane Classic Wood Stain may be applied to exterior wood surfaces if our Varathane Spar Urethane is applied over it to protect the finish. https://www.homedepot.com/p/Varathane-1-qt-Clear-Gloss-Water-Based-Exterior-Spar-Urethane-250041H/100162024 - Rust-Oleum Product Support 2

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Customer Reviews

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Color was exactly what I was looking for....
Color was exactly what I was looking for.
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Did what I needed
by Eaststreetmassive
Excellent color match for the door I needed. This was...
Excellent color match for the door I needed. This was the best stain I have ever used. It is very watery but covers like a champ. Just a little bit is required. If you have a small project (like a door) I recommend buying the smaller can. This covers a lot.
by Ed
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This color and product was perfect for my shelfs gave it a beautiful look I recommend it
This color and product was perfect for my shelfs gave it a beautiful look I recommend it
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I used two coats and I achieved the color I...
I used two coats and I achieved the color I was hoping to get. I used Dark Walnut over red oak hardwood. Then I gave it two coats of Varathane oil based polyurethane in the satin sheen. I will be redoing all my floors in this color.
by KH
Great product re surfaced wood railings great finish!!...
Great product re surfaced wood railings great finish!!
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I was very pleased with the outcome of the Early American Varathane Stain. I was in the process of installing a new set of oak steps to my basement and did not want something dark going down the steps, but not something really light that it would show every spot of dirt. I ended up only needing 2 coats of stain, but applied 3 coats of polyutherane so it would hold up to my kids running up and down them constantly. I think they turned out great, i even ended up staining my hand railing to match.
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