Minwax Water Based Stain - Gray

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Hi everyone! <img src="http://ana-white.com/sites/default/files/minwax%20water%20stain%20tutorial25.jpg?1351009162" width="470px"> Remember when <a href="www.beingbrook.com" target="_blank">Brook</a> and I worked on the simple trestle desk together? <img src="https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-B3_FFYVF7pg/UIbBDuDk9NI/AAAAAAAAMM0/C0Gt9om80Ps/w470/minwax%20water%20stain%20tutorial01.jpg"> Well this is what it looked like before she stained it. <img src="http://ana-white.com/sites/default/files/minwax%20water%20stain%20tutorial23.jpg?1351009162" width="470px"> Yep, you can make a 2x4 look like this: <img src="http://ana-white.com/sites/default/files/3154816846_1351011977.jpg" width="470px"> And today, we are going to show you how! In this staining tutorial, we've partnered up with the folks over at <a href="www.minwax.com" target=""_blank">Minwax</a> to bring you step-by-step instruction on how to stain your pine projects with water based stains. Here's from <a href="www.beingbrook.com" target="_blank">Brook:</a> <i>I am so excited to share a tutorial on how to use Minwax's Water Based Stains. Water Based Stain is great because it comes in 50 traditional wood tones and contemporary decorative colors that you get mixed right at the paint counter. Plus since the stain is water based, it is fast drying, has low odor and can be cleaned up with soap and water. </i> <i>I wanted a desk that would go well with my son's rustic twin bed but not match it exactly. So using the new Trestle Desk plans I built him a desk and stained it charcoal gray. I love the non-traditional gray color of the stain. It looks great with the green and turquoise that we have in his bedroom. The new Minwax Water Based Wood Stains have a bunch of cool colors that I can't wait to try out!</i> Thank you <a href="www.beingbrook.com" target="_blank">Brook!</a>
Shopping List: 
<img src="https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-LdxRwKPNp2Q/UIbBDj5fQmI/AAAAAAAAMMw/EYhQALbpTa8/w470/minwax%20water%20stain%20tutorial02.jpg"> Sand Paper in varying grits 220 Grit Sanding Block Rags <a href="http://www.minwax.com/wood-products/preparation/minwax-stainable-wood-filler?WT.srch=1&gclid=CN7DpaHIl7MCFY6DQgodzygAlg" target="_blank">Minwax Stainable Wood Filler</a> <a href="http://www.minwax.com/wood-products/preparation/minwax-water-based-prestain-wood-conditioner" target="_blank">Minwax Water Based Pre-Stain Wood Conditioner </a> <a href="http://www.minwax.com/wood-products/stains/minwax-water-based-wood-stain" target="_blank">Minwax Water Based Wood Stain in Charcoal Gray</a> <a href="http://www.minwax.com/wood-products/interior-clear-protective-finishes/minwax-polycrylic-protective-finish" target="_blank">Minwax Polycrylic in clear satin</a> <a href="http://www.minwax.com/wood-products/brushes/" target="_blank">Minwax Polycrylic Brush</a>
Step 1: 
PREPARE YOUR PROJECT <img src="https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-B3_FFYVF7pg/UIbBDuDk9NI/AAAAAAAAMM0/C0Gt9om80Ps/w470/minwax%20water%20stain%20tutorial01.jpg"> After you finish building your project use <a href="http://www.minwax.com/wood-products/preparation/minwax-stainable-wood-filler?WT.srch=1&gclid=CN7DpaHIl7MCFY6DQgodzygAlg" target="_blank">Minwax Stainable Wood Filler</a> to fill any screw or pocket holes. Be sure to apply according to the label instructions and let the wood filler dry completely before applying stain. <img src="https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-mUtf7kqKhUs/UIbBKaoEN1I/AAAAAAAAMOg/Xei__mUJLck/w470/minwax%20water%20stain%20tutorial17.jpg"> Sand your project. I started out with a belt sander and then moved to medium sandpaper. <img src="https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-oLHC8zDbm0s/UIbBDi_zLTI/AAAAAAAAMM4/5j_rkEMyRcI/w470/minwax%20water%20stain%20tutorial03.jpg"> And then finished with a sanding block of 220 grit sandpaper. <img src="https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-mTr5OkDpWJY/UIbBE1IKoAI/AAAAAAAAMNI/ytXZn9bigDg/w470/minwax%20water%20stain%20tutorial04.jpg"> Brush off sanding residue. <img src="https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-ZB8nZ2WDCkw/UIbBF68TlbI/AAAAAAAAMNU/GHEcFp97XZA/w470/minwax%20water%20stain%20tutorial05.jpg"> I like to use a toothbrush to get the dust out of any crevices. <img src="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-Ia7As8EzmAM/UIbBF321HrI/AAAAAAAAMNQ/2yfbDLQd_54/w470/minwax%20water%20stain%20tutorial06.jpg"> And then use a damp rag to get rid of any sanding residue leftover.
Step 2 Instructions: 
APPLY PRESTAIN WOOD CONDITIONER In this step, we will apply <a href="http://www.minwax.com/wood-products/preparation/minwax-water-based-prestain-wood-conditioner" target="_blank">Minwax Water Based Pre-Stain Wood Conditioner </a> to help stain penetrate wood evenly, prevent blotchiness, and reduce the effect of wood grain raising. <img src="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-j_Lmhp9V_HM/UIbBGP6k4oI/AAAAAAAAMNg/mcktQYG6WHg/w470/minwax%20water%20stain%20tutorial07.jpg" > Stir the Minwax Pre-Stain Wood Conditioner. <img src="https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-CcT4A1uGS0M/UIbBG7VmPLI/AAAAAAAAMNo/JyWUJMBDOSc/w470/minwax%20water%20stain%20tutorial08.jpg"> Apply <a href="http://www.minwax.com/wood-products/preparation/minwax-water-based-prestain-wood-conditioner" target="_blank">Minwax Water Based Pre-Stain Wood Conditioner </a> to your project with a foam brush allowing it to penetrate for about 5 minutes. Wipe off any excess wood conditioner with a cloth. <img src="https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-oLHC8zDbm0s/UIbBDi_zLTI/AAAAAAAAMM4/5j_rkEMyRcI/w470/minwax%20water%20stain%20tutorial03.jpg"> Wait 15-30 minutes and lightly sand wood with fine sandpaper. <img src="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-Ia7As8EzmAM/UIbBF321HrI/AAAAAAAAMNQ/2yfbDLQd_54/w470/minwax%20water%20stain%20tutorial06.jpg"> Then wipe off any sanding dust.
Step 3 Instructions: 
APPLYING WATER BASED STAIN Now you are ready to apply water based stain to the project! In this tutorial, we use Charcoal Gray, but remember that <a href="http://www.minwax.com/wood-products/stains/minwax-water-based-wood-stain" target="_blank">Minwax Water Based Wood Stain </a> comes in 50 different shades, mixed right at your paint counter. <img src="https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-GhJ6thjIV9k/UIbBG6egADI/AAAAAAAAMNk/6_wiquLjr-A/w470/minwax%20water%20stain%20tutorial09.jpg"> Carefully stir the stain before and occasionally throughout use. One thing I like to do before getting started, is I like to test the color of stain on a scrap piece of wood, just to make sure it’s the color I want before applying to my piece. <img src="https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-kYyseYx6a5w/UIbBHFJterI/AAAAAAAAMNs/mfKoqEnYwVg/w470/minwax%20water%20stain%20tutorial10.jpg"> Apply stain with the <a href="http://www.minwax.com/wood-products/brushes/" target="_blank">Minwax Water Based Brush</a> brush, following the direction of the wood grain. These brushes are great, they are not only for water based clear finishes, but also for applying water based stains, a 2 in 1. <img src="https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-AOGgsBkbN3k/UIbBHkwvlXI/AAAAAAAAMN0/5ZIMY-UZ2_4/w470/minwax%20water%20stain%20tutorial11.jpg" target="_blank"> Let stain penetrate wood for no longer than 3 minutes and wipe excess stain off with rag. Be sure to wipe off in the direction of the grain. If you want a deeper color of stain you can wait at least 2 hours and apply a second coat of stain. Remember, no need to sand between additional coats of <a href="http://www.minwax.com/wood-products/stains/minwax-water-based-wood-stain" target="_blank">Minwax Water Based Wood Stain </a>. After at least 3 hours of drying, your project will be ready for a protective finish. <img src="https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-C_bXq0AWWLo/UIbBK0e2ZfI/AAAAAAAAMOo/fWwGhNLRamg/w470/minwax%20water%20stain%20tutorial16.jpg"> Use soap and water to clean up your <a href="http://www.minwax.com/wood-products/brushes/" target="_blank">Minwax Water Based Brush</a>so you can use it again when applying <a href="http://www.minwax.com/wood-products/interior-clear-protective-finishes/minwax-polycrylic-protective-finish" target="_blank">Minwax Polycrylic in clear satin.</a> .
Step 4 Instructions: 
PROTECTIVE FINISH The water based stain adds color to your wood, but is not enough to protect it. So we will use <a href="http://www.minwax.com/wood-products/interior-clear-protective-finishes/minwax-polycrylic-protective-finish" target="_blank">Minwax Polycrylic in clear satin</a> to protect the project. <img src="https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-Kx2jKn4vu_8/UIbBH--YNFI/AAAAAAAAMN8/vdkx628AtJc/w470/minwax%20water%20stain%20tutorial12.jpg"> Carefully mix polycrylic, don't shake! It will look milky in the can but will dry clear. <img src="https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-KkZFMbmJOcQ/UIbBIFeqVeI/AAAAAAAAMOM/j8fHxYnoREk/w470/minwax%20water%20stain%20tutorial13.jpg"> Use the<a href="http://www.minwax.com/wood-products/brushes/" target="_blank">Minwax Water Based Brush</a>, 2 inch brush to apply a thin coat of polycrylic. Brush in one direction following the wood grain. Be careful not to overbrush. <img src="https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-YA56aWE5Kqc/UIbBI3B_LsI/AAAAAAAAMOI/rl0CYtJqtTc/w470/minwax%20water%20stain%20tutorial14.jpg"> Let Polycrylic dry at least 2 hours and then lightly sand with 220 grit sandpaper to help the second coat of polycrylic adhere and ensure a nice even finish. <img src="https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-CVvpRFq7bJo/UIbBJ0VkGSI/AAAAAAAAMOc/QSHfD7kff7Q/w470/minwax%20water%20stain%20tutorial15.jpg"> Remove all dust with a brush and damp rag. Apply second coat and third coats of <a href="http://www.minwax.com/wood-products/interior-clear-protective-finishes/minwax-polycrylic-protective-finish" target="_blank">Minwax Polycrylic in clear satin</a> in the same way you did the first, sanding lightly between coats. After your project dries for 24 hours it's ready to use! <img src="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-vLIhF7O3p78/UIbBLwp1mvI/AAAAAAAAMO8/kQ6nv-RTiAQ/w470/minwax%20water%20stain%20tutorial19.jpg"> Enjoy your finished project!

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