Walnut Minwax Express Color on Cedar

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Thank you so much for the positive feedback on my <a href="http://ana-white.com/2013/02/plans/1-small-cedar-tapered-planter-or-crate" target="_blank">$1 Cedar Tapered Planters!</a> What I loved most about this project was the beautiful rustic wood grain showing through, making this humble project definitely centerpiece worthy!<p>But being that this project was so easy to make, I also wanted to give you a finish that was just as simple and easy. &nbsp;I've&nbsp;done a few projects using <a href="http://www.minwax.com/wood-products/one-step-stain-and-finishes/minwax-express-color-wiping-stain-finish" target="_blank">Minwax Express Color</a>, and have a<a href="http://ana-white.com/2012/10/express-color-minwax-stain" target="_blank"> tutorial here for using Minwax Express Color in a color. </a> Did you know that Minwax Express Color also comes in wood toned shades?</p><p>For this project, I used <a href="http://www.minwax.com/wood-products/one-step-stain-and-finishes/minwax-express-color-wiping-stain-finish">Minwax Express Color in Walnut, </a>and it is just beautiful! The crème base of the Express Color worked well with the rough cedar boards and was easy to apply. I only needed one coat, and it only took me a few minutes to apply the stain. Because Minwax Express Color is water based, I applied the stain indoors and only had to use soap and water for clean up!</p><p>Have a project that you would like to transform quickly and easily? I’ve teamed up once again with the awesome folks over at <a href="http://www.minwax.com" target="_blank">Minwax </a>to bring you my step by step finish tutorial. </p>
Shopping List: 
<p><img src="https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-_pRePMuSDeM/UR5yAfWp49I/AAAAAAAANlw/E4M-JpT7RoI/w470/walnut%20express%20color%20cedar01.jpg" alt="" /><br /></p><p><br /></p><a href="http://www.minwax.com/wood-products/one-step-stain-and-finishes/minwax-express-color-wiping-stain-finish" target="_blank">Minwax Express Color in Walnut</a><p>Medium and Fine Grit Sandpaper</p><p>Staining Rags</p><p>Gloves</p><p><br /></p>
Step 1: 
Project Preparation<p><img src="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-9G-wSKlOce0/UR5x_xYBluI/AAAAAAAANls/dw_ggWRCTY4/w470/walnut%20express%20color%20cedar02.jpg" style="width: 470px;" alt="" /><br /></p><p>Start by sanding your project with medium grit sandpaper. &nbsp;You can use a power sander or opt to hand sand as I did. &nbsp;Use the medium grit sandpaper to remove any rough edges and smooth out rough patches.<br /></p><p><img src="https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-Gc9esqylqJY/UR5yMZ94zxI/AAAAAAAANnM/_RFRHNtKRbY/w470/walnut%20express%20color%20cedar13.jpg" alt="" style="font-size: 16px; line-height: 1; font-family: arial, helvetica, clean, sans-serif; width: 470px;" /><br /></p><p><br /></p><p>Then sand the project with fine grit sandpaper. &nbsp;<br /></p><p><br /></p><p><img src="https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-VP1N8e6SdUk/UR5yA_BCIlI/AAAAAAAANl8/2ml_Y4SQ5YQ/w470/walnut%20express%20color%20cedar03.jpg" style="width: 470px;" alt="" /><br /></p><p><br /></p><p>Remove all sanding residue from the project. &nbsp;I recommend a brush followed by a quick wipe down with a damp cloth.<br /></p><p><br /></p><p><br /></p>
Step 2 Instructions: 
Stain Application<p><br /></p><p><img src="https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-yQJ9mUhBORw/UR5yFIfHJgI/AAAAAAAANmM/eXriySetMdw/w470/walnut%20express%20color%20cedar05.jpg" style="width: 470px;" alt="" /><br /></p><p><br /></p><p>I always recommend starting on the underside first if you are staining it. &nbsp;Just squirt the <a href="http://www.minwax.com/wood-products/one-step-stain-and-finishes/minwax-express-color-wiping-stain-finish" target="_blank">Minwax Express Color</a> directly on the project. &nbsp;Use a clean lint free cloth to wipe the stain into the project working in the direction of the wood grain.<br /></p><p><br /></p><p><img src="https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-GiPcO2lSTr8/UR5yEApyAzI/AAAAAAAANmE/bJso0dJtpM4/w470/walnut%20express%20color%20cedar04.jpg" style="width: 470px;" alt="" /><br /></p><p><br /></p><p>Just wipe the <a href="http://www.minwax.com/wood-products/one-step-stain-and-finishes/minwax-express-color-wiping-stain-finish" target="_blank">Express Color</a> on, and wipe it off. &nbsp;It's that simple. &nbsp;</p><p><br /></p><p><img src="https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-uJbZfgA8PTw/UR58AKBBLoI/AAAAAAAANng/JLSrMvk8ei8/w470/walnut-express-color-cedar-.jpg" style="width: 470px;" alt="" /><br /></p><p><br /></p><p>Once the bottom is done, move on to the sides. &nbsp;NOTE: If you were working with a project where the inside is less accessible than the outsides, I would suggest staining the inside, harder to reach areas first, and then moving on to the outsides.</p><p><br /></p><p>May I suggest wax paper to protect your work surface here?<br /></p><p><br /></p><p><img src="https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-i0UweKGj-wk/UR5yIlR3OHI/AAAAAAAANmk/iwCSKmsCF7A/w470/walnut%20express%20color%20cedar07.jpg" style="width: 470px;" alt="" /><br /></p><p><br /></p><p>Finish applying <a href="http://www.minwax.com/wood-products/one-step-stain-and-finishes/minwax-express-color-wiping-stain-finish" target="_blank">Minwax Express Color</a> and wiping off to the outsides of the project.<br /></p><p><br /></p><p><img src="https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-h1OzWunakSM/UR5yH38UFCI/AAAAAAAANmc/kNtEpkdjl1o/w470/walnut%20express%20color%20cedar08.jpg" style="width: 470px;" alt="" /><br /></p><p>Then move to the inside, squirting<a href="http://www.minwax.com/wood-products/one-step-stain-and-finishes/minwax-express-color-wiping-stain-finish"> Minwax Express Color</a> on to the project. &nbsp;You can also apply the stain to your cloth, and then use the cloth to place stain on the project.<br /></p><p><img src="https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-WeSeKkBJdb8/UR5yI6TaCSI/AAAAAAAANmo/PLpD0qY1CRc/w470/walnut%20express%20color%20cedar09.jpg" style="width: 470px;" alt="" /><br /></p><p><p class="MsoNormal">And then just keep working it in until the entire project is stained.&nbsp; If you want to deepen the color, you can go back after 1 hour and apply a second and third coat.<o:p></o:p></p></p>
Step 3 Instructions: 
Optional Top Coat<p><br /></p><p><img src="https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-JCZ1CUFI_-o/UR5yLZYU-aI/AAAAAAAANm8/Z1_c26GWX8k/w470/walnut%20express%20color%20cedar12.jpg" style="width: 470px;" alt="" /><br /></p><p><br /></p><p><a href="http://www.minwax.com/wood-products/one-step-stain-and-finishes/minwax-express-color-wiping-stain-finish" target="_blank">Minwax Express Color</a> is an all in one, meaning a top coat is not required. &nbsp;But for greater durability, you can apply any top coat. &nbsp;For indoor projects, good top coats include <a href="http://www.minwax.com/wood-products/interior-clear-protective-finishes/minwax-express-clear" target="_blank">Minwax Express Finish,</a> <a href="http://www.minwax.com/wood-products/interior-clear-protective-finishes/minwax-polycrylic-protective-finish" target="_blank">Minwax Polycrylic</a>, or <a href="http://www.minwax.com/wood-products/interior-clear-protective-finishes/minwax-water-based-wipeon-poly">Minwax Water Based Wipe-On Poly</a>. &nbsp;For outdoor projects, try <a href="http://www.minwax.com/wood-products/exterior-clear-protective-finishes/minwax-water-based-helmsman-spar-urethane" target="_blank">Minwax Helmsman Spar Urethane.</a><br /></p>


You sold me on the color on your first tutorial and now on the wood grain color too! And because it is water based this just makes me even happier! It is so hard to stain in the freezing winter because of the smell!
P.S. I think I am making this today, it is So. Dang. Cute.

So simple and easy. Thanks for directions and pictures. I've taken notes, as I'm really trying to gain knowledge of woodworking ,painting, staining, etc. love it, and thanks!