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>

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