I have recently finished staining some wood 2x4s but I accidentally put too much stain on the wood. It dripped down to the other sides of the boards and it now looks sloppy and tacky. We considered re-sanding the wood and starting over or just going over the stain again to try to even it out. Will re-staining it work? I don't think it will and I feel like it would be a waste of time. Any help? I am an amateur and don't know a lot about this.
Well you can do one of a couple things.
Stain the entire board. This may be the easiest option, just clean up the drips down the side a bit (sanding them). Then stain the sides and the back side of the board as well. Rub it on, let it sit for a couple minutes and then wipe it off. Unless of course as Keshlam mentioned you are working with a stain/sealer combo. For reference stain sealer combos tend to fade much faster and protect for far less time.
If you don't for whatever reason want to stain the entire board simply sand the sides down and you're done. It shouldn't be too bad since it ran down the sides, should not have penetrated all that much. Make sure to sand evenly along the length of the side (including the spots not hit with the stain).
I did the same thing. I had to start over. But only in the small area that had the drip. I am redoing my kitchen cabinets, and while putting the glaze on the doors some dripped and got on the other side of the door, did not notice it until it had dried. So on the small area I repainted and then glazed. Can't even tell it happened.I was using The Rust-Oleum Cabinet Transformations Kit.