media cabinet

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About This Project

#2 pine boards, 3/4" plywood, 1/4" plywood,

Custom size media cabinet. Two doors with interior shelves. Three open shelves for media components.

Required Skill Level: 
Estimated Time Investment: 
Weekend Project (10-20 Hours)
Finish Used: 
1. one coat primer 2. two coats Behr off white, satin finish 3. distressed with 120 grit sandpaper on mouse sander 4. stain Minwax special walnut 5. two coats Minwax clear satin poly
Estimated Cost: 


I love this piece and the finish.  I have a question for how you are applying and doing the stain after you paint it. Do you let the paint dry completely?  how soon do you wipe the stain off? What application do you use to wipe it? I have been trying it out on some smaller scraps ad just can't seem to get it to look right without it turning to dark and dingy looking?  Can you help?  Thanks so much.  Love all your projects and your blog!

Thanks for your help

1. Yes I let the paint dry completely.

2. I let the stain sit on about 2 minutes, then wipe off the excess (the longer it sits, the darker it gets).

3. I use drop cloth scraps, cotton rags, and even sometimes paper towels to apply the stain.

It's possible the dingy look might be from the paint color - stain color combination. A really creamy paint (will actually have drops of black in the mix) with a more grey stain will look dingy.  Try more white or lighter pigmented paint and a red/brown stain of medium depth. Or my newest find which I'm loving is tinted wax, dark brown which is way less messy then the stain and has a nice soft sheen.

Hope this helps.  Good luck with your finishing, can't wait to see a brag post once it's ready.