One Step Color and Clear Coat Finish - Minwax PolyShades Pecan

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<p></p><p>Thank you for all the positive feedback on my <a href="http://ana-white.com/2013/04/plans/kitchen-cabinet-door-organizer-paper-towel-holder">new kitchen cabinet organizer</a>. &nbsp;Man, do I love that little organizer! &nbsp;Sometimes I just open my kitchen cabinet to stare at her's truly Mrs. Organized, and bask in the reality that yes, under my kitchen sink IS tidy and neat!</p><p></p><p>I know this was a simple little project, but it’s really made a big difference in our kitchen! &nbsp;If you make a task easier, it’s just that much more likely to get done, right?</p><p></p><p>Cause you all do know I'd rather be building something than cleaning the kitchen, right?&nbsp;</p><p></p><p><img src="http://image.ana-white.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/Full/3154826128_1367260532.jpg" style="width: 450px;" alt="" /></p><p></p><p>We built this little kitchen cabinet door organizer (<a href="http://ana-white.com/2013/04/plans/kitchen-cabinet-door-organizer-paper-towel-holder" target="_blank">plans here</a>) out of really nice pine boards (cheap and easy to work with). &nbsp;But I wanted the organizer to match the existing kitchen cabinets, and also to be sealed so the wood would be easy to wipe down and keep clean over years of use.</p><p>For a project this simple, I also wanted a finishing process just as simple! &nbsp;</p><p></p><p>So I turned to my friends at <a href="http://www.minwax.com" target="_blank">Minwax®</a>, and what do you know, they have the PERFECT product - quick, easy, durable and beautiful!</p><p></p><p>Disclosure: I do work with Minwax on a regular basis, and appreciate that this tutorial is sponsored by them!</p><p></p>
Shopping List: 
• 220 Grit Sandpaper<p>• <a href="http://www.minwax.com/wood-products/preparation/minwax-prestain-wood-conditioner" target="_blank">Minwax® Pre-Stain Wood Conditioner</a></p><p>• <a href="http://www.minwax.com/wood-products/onestep-stain-finishes/minwax-polyshades" target="_blank">Minwax® Polyshades</a> Pecan in a satin sheen</p><p>• Natural Bristle Brush </p>
Step 1: 
<p>Getting Started</p><p><a href="http://www.minwax.com/wood-products/onestep-stain-finishes/minwax-polyshades" target="_blank">Minwax® PolyShades®</a> to the rescue! <a href="http://www.minwax.com/wood-products/onestep-stain-finishes/minwax-polyshades" target="_blank">&nbsp;PolyShades®</a> is a one-step stain and polyurethane in one product. &nbsp;I choose Pecan to match my cabinets.</p><p><img src="https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-ou1L_XtmG4A/UYky4YJhjmI/AAAAAAAAOkk/P6L5x9b99pc/w470/polyshades+stain+tutorial01.jpg" style="width: 470px;" alt="" /></p><p>Now I’m a little bit of a control freak when it comes to stain, and like to be able to adjust my stain as I go, so I normally turn to stain first, and then top coat when I’m absolutely happy with the stain color. &nbsp;With <a href="http://www.minwax.com/wood-products/onestep-stain-finishes/minwax-polyshades" target="_blank">PolyShades®</a>, you don’t have that option - it’s one step and you are done. &nbsp;So not necessarily the right product for every project, but when you just want a quick and easy stain for cabinet door organizers, maybe shelving or a closet system, this is the stuff!</p><p>For this project, it’s so small, I knew I’d have a terrible time sanding once it was built. &nbsp;So I sanded all of the boards before I put the project together, finishing with 220 grit fine sandpaper. &nbsp;Then I removed all sanding residue - this is crucial - we are putting the top coat on with the <a href="http://www.minwax.com/wood-products/onestep-stain-finishes/minwax-polyshades" target="_blank">PolyShades®</a>, so if there’s dust on the project … well it’s here to stay when the finish goes on.</p><p>With the project ready for stain, I mixed the <a href="http://www.minwax.com/wood-products/onestep-stain-finishes/minwax-polyshades" target="_blank">P</a><span><a>olyShades</a>®</span> up well. &nbsp;I also took a second to test a scrap piece of wood just to make sure the color took well. &nbsp;If the scrap appears blotchy, use <a href="http://www.minwax.com/wood-products/preparation/minwax-prestain-wood-conditioner" target="_blank">Minwax® Pre-Stain Wood Conditioner</a> first.</p><p></p>
Step 2 Instructions: 
Finish Application<p><img src="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-mQVYmSMayMM/UYky4r-3SjI/AAAAAAAAOkw/dG0I8WUUeeQ/w470/polyshades+stain+tutorial02.jpg" style="width: 470px;" alt="" /><br /></p><p>Then I just dipped about an inch or so of a natural bristle staining brush into the can, and then tapped the can to remove excess - kinda like I do with paint. &nbsp;</p><p><img src="https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-Kwmt81ssddQ/UYky3ojajcI/AAAAAAAAOkc/P72XOfVOrcc/w470/polyshades+stain+tutorial03.jpg" style="width: 470px;" alt="" /><br /></p><p>And then I just began applying a thin, even coat. &nbsp;The color is going to be perfect for my kitchen cupboard - I just know it!<br /></p><p><img src="https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-wOhfAHiUDHM/UYky5FSXgBI/AAAAAAAAOk0/lGT0Dp-OwKY/w470/polyshades+stain+tutorial04.jpg" style="width: 470px;" alt="" /><br /></p><p><p>Maintain a wet edge as you apply the <a href="http://www.minwax.com/wood-products/onestep-stain-finishes/minwax-polyshades" target="_blank">PolyShades®</a> with your brush. &nbsp;Once stained, I went over the project again by tipping off the surface with the brush. &nbsp;You do this by holding the brush at a 45° to the project, and lightly running the bristles over the entire length of the wood. &nbsp; This removes any start/stop marks and bubbles.</p><p>Once the first coat is on, let that dry for at least 6 hours. &nbsp;Then add one more coat (two coats are recommended for protection and beauty)</p><p><img src="https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-Mb0gJztz0YQ/UYky5nWCJLI/AAAAAAAAOk8/fJzx0_hxN2M/w470/polyshades+stain+tutorial05.jpg" style="width: 470px;" alt="" /><br /></p><p><br /></p><p><p>Before applying the second coat, sand with the 220 fine grit sanding paper - very lightly! And then remove sanding dust and apply the second thin coat as you did the first coat. &nbsp;Additional coats can be added to deepen the color.</p><p>If you love the color after two coats, but want to protect the wood even more, you can also add <a href="http://www.minwax.com/wood-products/interior-clear-protective-finishes/minwax-fastdrying-polyurethane" target="_blank">Minwax® Fast-Drying Polyurethane</a> on top.</p><p>Brushes should be cleaned with mineral spirits following manufacturer’s safety recommendations.<br /></p><p><br /></p><p><img src="https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-BjXNl4HPtYA/UYky5wV0qqI/AAAAAAAAOlI/yNm7VlOw41A/w470/polyshades+stain+tutorial06.jpg" style="width: 470px;" alt="" /><br /></p><p><br /></p><p>I love how this simple finish both protects and color matches my little kitchen cabinet door organizer! &nbsp;Thank you <a href="http://www.minwax.com" target="_blank">Minwax </a>for today’s finishing tutorial!<br /></p><p><br /></p><p>XO Ana</p></p></p>

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