Express Color with Minwax Stain

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<p>Color that enhances, not hides, the beautiful wood grain of your project. &nbsp;That was my goal with this Craftsman Style Frame. &nbsp;I wanted to add color to compliment the vintage poster I found while on our trip to Seward, but wanted the rustic wood grain of the knotty pine to show through. &nbsp;After all, Alaska is a rustic place, and a refined, painted finish might not be the way to frame this poster of bears and sea planes!</p><p>I partnered up with <a href="" target="_blank">Minwax </a>on this tutorial, using their <a href="" target="_blank">Express Color</a> product to transform a bland frame into wall-worthy art! &nbsp;This little frame has surprised me - almost everyone that sees it remarks at how much they love it and would love to make one too! &nbsp;I tell ya, it’s all in the finish!</p><p>And I have some great news for you - this finish, the <a href="" target="_blank">Minwax Express Color Finish</a> - is the easiest staining project &nbsp;I have ever done! &nbsp;In fact, I spent about 10 minutes finishing this frame! &nbsp;</p><p>Don’t believe me? &nbsp;Watch Martha Stewart &nbsp;and DIY expert Bruce Johnson transform a table in minutes using with Minwax Express Color!</p><iframe width="470" height="264" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe><p><p>It really is that easy, &nbsp;and to make things even better, <a href="" target="_blank">Express Color</a> is a stain and finish in one, so no need to add a topcoat. &nbsp; With 8 colors to choose from, you can get the look you want in a matter of minutes. &nbsp;I choose Indigo Blue to compliment the blue artwork, and loved how it turned out. &nbsp;With a single coat, the wood grain is very apparent. &nbsp;</p><p>Here’s the step by step so you can start staining your wood projects &nbsp;quickly and easily too!</p><br /></p>
Shopping List: 
Medium to fine grit sanding paper<p><a href="" target="_blank">Minwax Express Color</a> - a little goes a long ways!</p><p>Clean cloth or staining rag</p><p>Gloves </p>
Step 1: 
<strong>Project Preparation</strong><p><br /></p><p><br /></p><p><img src="" style="width: 470px; " alt="" /><br /></p><p>I used very rough boards for this project, so opted to sand with medium grit sandpaper. &nbsp;I sanded in the direction of the wood grain.<br /></p><p><br /></p><p><img src="" style="width: 470px; " alt="" /><br /></p><p><br /></p><p>My sanding motto? &nbsp;If you like it unfinished, you’ll love it finished! &nbsp;So take your time and sand well - your time is worth it in the end!<br /></p><p><br /></p><p><img src="" style="width: 470px; " alt="" /><br /></p><p><br /></p><p>With a good sanding, you will have sanding residue on the project. &nbsp;Brush it off and then gently wipe down with a damp cloth. &nbsp;<br /></p><p><br /></p>
Step 2 Instructions: 
<p>Minwax Express Color Application</p><p><br /></p><p><img src="" style="width: 470px; " alt="" /><br /></p><p><br /></p><p>For this piece , I am using <a href="" target="_blank">Minwax Express Color in Indigo Blue</a>. &nbsp;It is highly recommended to test the stain on a scrap piece of wood before staining your actual project.<br /></p><p><br /></p><p><img src="" style="width: 470px; " alt="" /><br /></p><p>I like to raise my project off the surface so I can stain underneath it as well.&nbsp;</p><p><br /></p><p><img src="" style="width: 470px; " alt="" />&nbsp;<br /></p><p>I was surprised at how far a little bit of <a href="" target="_blank">Minwax Express Color </a>actually goes, so be careful to not squirt too much on your project.<br /></p><p><br /></p><p><img src="" style="width: 470px; " alt="" /><br /></p><p>You’ll want to be wearing gloves and safety glasses if applying vertically or near eyes here. &nbsp;With your cloth, just begin working the <a href="" target="_blank">Express Color</a> into the project.<br /></p><p><img src="" style="width: 470px; " alt="" /><br /></p><p>Work quickly in small sections, spreading the stain evenly on the wood. &nbsp;For larger projects, I recommend having someone help you apply the <a href="" target="_blank">Express Color.</a> &nbsp;It can dry really fast!<br /></p><p><br /></p><p><img src="" style="width: 470px; " alt="" /><br /></p><p><br /></p><p>Don’t forget the insides of your project!</p><p><br /></p><p><img src="" style="width: 470px; " alt="" /><br /></p><p>Once you have finished applying and covered all areas, wipe any excess off in the direction of the wood grain, using a clean cloth. &nbsp;<br /></p><p><br /></p><p><img src="" style="width: 470px; " alt="" /><br /></p><p>And put the finishing touches on it …<br /></p><p><br /></p><p><img src="" style="width: 470px; " alt="" /><br /></p><p><br /></p><p><p>And let the piece dry.</p><p><br /></p><p>For a deeper color, wait one hour and then add additional coats. &nbsp;</p><p>For extra durability &nbsp;wait about 3 hours and then apply a Minwax water based top coat, such a <a href="" target="_blank">Polycrylic</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">Water Based Polyurethane</a>, or <a href="" target="_blank">Water Based Wipe On Poly</a>. &nbsp;NOTE: If you are applying Express Color to a table, it’s best to let it dry overnight before normal use.&nbsp;</p><p>Have you used <a href="" target="_blank">Express Color?</a> &nbsp;What is your favorite color? &nbsp;I think this Indigo Blue is my favorite!</p><br /></p>