This project is built on pine. Always take a minute to test the stain on scrap boards to ensure the stain works well with your boards. Remember that the more rustic your boards are before the stain - the more rustic they'll look after the stain - so go ahead, use up those knotty boards that are straight but have lots of imperfections!
After you build your project, take your time and sand it
well. Sanding will not only smooth out
any splinters or rough patches, but sanding also prepares your wood for
I used 120 grit sandpaper for the initial sanding, with an orbital power sander.
Make sure you sand all areas inside and out.
Once your project has been sanded, remove all sanding residue with a brush.
You can also use a soft bristled brush on a vacuum. Then follow up with a damp rag, making sure all sanding residue is removed.
Minwax just came out with this great new stain called Classic Gray. It is the only stain that I used on this project.
Like all stains, you will want to mix until the stain is a uniform color. Scrape the bottom with your stir stick, loosening up stubborn stain on the bottom of the can.
Ready for application!
I use over and over again a good oil based stain brush that is properly taken care of. For this project, I’m using a 1 ½” brush. Use a brush sized for your project.
You can also apply with a sponge applicator or rags.
It’s always a good idea to test out the stain on a scrap piece. If your stain looks blotchy, then apply Minwax Pre-Stain Wood Conditioner before staining – it’s cheap insurance and easy to do.
When you begin staining, apply in the direction of the wood grain, starting on the inside working your way outward.
Carefully apply stain to all areas, getting the stain into all crevices and joints.
When wood weathers in nature, the knots weather differently than the wood itself. If you simply apply stain over the knots, the finished product may look unnaturally weathered. I took a small paint brush and applied stain around the knots.
For areas too small to reach with the main stain brush, use the small paint brush. Once stain soaks into those knots, it will be difficult to remove.
It’s okay to admire your work as you go! The color is quite beautiful with a shimmery
Once your first coat has been fully applied, allow the stain
to soak in for up to 15 minutes. If the stain isn't as dark as you'd like, you can add a second coat after 4 to 6 hours.
Don't worry, I got that spot I missed!
Wiping Off Excess Stain
After the stain soaks in, test a small area where you first started applying the stain by wiping off
with a rag. TIP: Use old baby clothes as
If you are happy with the amount of stain soaking in, wipe
off all excess stain on the project.
Blend stain around knots to make knots appear more natural in the stain.
Work excess stain into areas that are lighter or less uniform in color.