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When staining wood, missing a step could cost you more work. It has happened to me on a number of occasions and was able to document it. It all happened when I was getting ahead of myself and remembered I had not used the Pre-Stain Wood Conditioner. It was too late. I had already applied the the first coat of stain. At first, I kinda liked the watercolor effect it gave it but it just wasn't good work.
|BLOTCHED & BOTCHED|
|I re-sanded the drawer fronts to make it ready for the Pre-Stain Wood Conditioner & this is what it looked like after adding the conditioner. Beautiful!|
|Close up of the grainy wood veneer.|
|Stain settled in smoothly, consistently, & beautifully!|
So now that I got that out the way,
FIRST - To ensure a smooth and even finish the wood should be conditioned. I used Miniwax Pre-Stain Wood Conditioner.
- Sand the wood starting with 120 grit and work up to 220 grit until smoooth!
- Apply pre-stain wood conditioner on clean, dry, raw wood, using a brush or cloth. I like to use a clean rag or old t-shirt.
- Allow the product to penetrate and dry for about 15 or 20 minutes.
- Remove any excess with a clean, dry cloth.
|I started with a dull & dirty wood plaque I purchased from the Goodwill for $2|
|I sanded with a 200 grit in this pic until it became brighter and prettier|
|Oooh!, it did turn out bright and smooth, isn't wood beautiful!?!|
|I used a cheap foam brush from Harbor Freight|
|Apply Pre-Stain along with the grain of the wood|
|The Pre-Stain Wood Conditioner has been applied to all the wood plaque. Allow to dry for 15 minutes|
|After 15 minutes or so, remove excess, you MUST apply stain within 2 hrs.|
- Apply the Miniwax Dark Walnut Stain within 2 hours of the pre-stain wood conditioner
- Stir the can of stain before use
- Apply the stain following the grain of the wood. You can use brush or rag. I normally use a clean rag.
- After applying, remove excess
- Allow the stain to penetrate and dry for 10 -15 mins. You can reapply for a darker and richer color.
|Stir Stain of your choice and apply along with the grain of the wood|
|A little goes a long way!|
|Once you get it all on, grab a lint free rag ( I normally use an old t-shirt)|
|Remove excess as soon as you have applied the stain all over. This will avoid from furniture becoming sticky.|
|All done! You can add as much as you want for as dark as you would like! (allow for dry time in between coats)|
THIRD - Apply a protective finish
- I use Miniwax Wipe on Poly to protect the finish using a lint free cloth - (There a number of awesome protective finishes out there. I just feel like this is the easiest to work with)
- I apply up to 6 coats depending on how the furniture will be used.
|Refinishing the top really made over this beautiful vanity!|
I hope I inspired you today!