Vintage Gray/Brown Stain on Pine

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<p><br /></p><p><br /></p><p>Hello DIY Friends!</p><p>Thank you for your positive feedback on my new <a href="http://ana-white.com/2013/05/plans/bedside-charging-table-or-nighstand" target="_blank">bedside charging table.</a> &nbsp;I’m so glad you liked the plans, and hope to see lots of brag posts &nbsp;very soon from you!</p><p>Many of you asked for details on the finish I used to for the bedside charging table. &nbsp;I was really going for an aged wood look, with a gray-brown stain - &nbsp;you know, so very Restoration Hardware inspired. &nbsp;I love how the finish I used did just that: took brand spanking new boards and turned them &nbsp;rustic and vintage looking! &nbsp;The aged finish also helps hide how “smart” this bedside charging table is!</p><p>You can follow along with my step by step tutorial to achieve similar results on your own furniture. &nbsp;Having experienced great results with past projects, I once again teamed up with my friends at <a href="http://www.minwax.com" target="_blank">Minwax®</a> to bring you this tutorial.</p><p><br /></p>
Shopping List: 
Foam brush<p>Natural bristle brush</p><p><a href="https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=1&cad=rja&ved=0CC4QFjAA&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.minwax.com%2Fwood-products%2Fpreparation%2Fminwax-prestain-wood-conditioner&ei=lKenUaSjB7KOigLS7IHADg&usg=AFQjCNFh1grxF95PRMJsQQ3mv6_1Ik8Xmw&sig2=r5GclPFkqUqJ32uq06hIvg&bvm=bv.47244034,d.cGE" target="_blank">Minwax® Pre-Stain Wood Conditioner (Oil based)</a></p><p><a href="http://www.minwax.com/wood-products/stains/minwax-wood-finish" target="_blank">Minwax® Wood Finish™ in Weathered Oak and Special Walnut</a></p><p><a href="http://www.minwax.com/wood-products/specialty-products/minwax-paste-finishing-wax" target="_blank">Minwax® Paste Finishing Wax</a></p><p>Medium and Fine Grit Sand Paper </p>
Step 1: 
Project Preparation<p><br /><p>I started with a project just built using brand spanking new pine boards. &nbsp;I sanded the project starting with medium grit sandpaper, working in the direction of the wood grain. &nbsp;</p><p></p><p><img src="https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/himedHNTAKoq2qy4QHvSzgYYuDtjCiPeY9UXn_NsW0c=w470" alt="" style="width: 470px;" /></p><p></p><p>Satisfied with the sanding, I vacuumed all sanding dust up from both the project and workstation, and then quickly wiped the project down with a slightly damp cloth just to make sure I got everything.</p><p></p><p><img src="https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/Yt3s3H1EedOt7-qod6yWYbUWLRnMegUFjvaSiB00NOc=w470" alt="" style="width: 470px;" /></p><p>Then I applied <a href="https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=1&cad=rja&ved=0CC4QFjAA&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.minwax.com%2Fwood-products%2Fpreparation%2Fminwax-prestain-wood-conditioner&ei=lKenUaSjB7KOigLS7IHADg&usg=AFQjCNFh1grxF95PRMJsQQ3mv6_1Ik8Xmw&sig2=r5GclPFkqUqJ32uq06hIvg&bvm=bv.47244034,d.cGE" target="_blank">Minwax® Pre-Stain Wood Conditioner </a>with a foam brush to the project. &nbsp;I let the wood conditioner soak in for about 15 minutes before beginning to stain.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p></p><p></p></p>
Step 2 Instructions: 
Stain Application<p><br /><p>My friend <a href="http://thefriendlyhome.blogspot.com/2012/11/weathered-farmhouse-table.html" target="_blank">Hillary </a>stained this amazing farmhouse table using <a href="http://www.minwax.com/wood-products/stains/minwax-wood-finish" target="_blank">Minwax® Wood Finish™</a> Weathered Oak,&nbsp;</p><p></p><p><img src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-UCNlJoR-mV0/UKBFSy_ZYEI/AAAAAAAAMa4/IS7b3FjaPl8/w470/farmhouse+table.jpg" alt="" style="width: 470px;" /></p><p></p><p>And I’ve been dying to try it out myself, so I was super excited to pick up a can. &nbsp;</p><p></p><p><img src="https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/w_5snWo_2LxeiU8fXaqjm8KiTOif-e-8_G7GeIeGBD4=w470" alt="" /></p><p></p><p>Just like any other <a href="http://www.minwax.com/wood-products/stains/minwax-wood-finish" target="_blank">Minwax® Wood Finish™</a>, I mixed the stain well before application.</p><p></p><p><img src="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/QW5Y3Goy1tRr4gzh96X4oyuQgEe7fBThg1OzVdoVG9Q=w470" alt="" style="width: 470px;" /></p><p></p><p>And then I just began applying the stain, with a natural bristle brush, working in the direction of the wood grain. &nbsp;</p><p></p><p><img src="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/37n0_OIT_T7Roq8bWq5D5meisbg_iG0FFr-KO7PLNB0=w470" alt="" style="width: 470px;" /></p><p></p><p>I then let it soak in for about 15 minutes. &nbsp;</p><p></p><p><img src="https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/q34olWD64yBnkFcKjOfST4N2hgEn6FV21zVrUN_psxg=w470" alt="" style="width: 470px;" /></p><p></p><p>And then began wiping excess stain off the project.</p><p></p><p><img src="https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/5lCUlYASpPHDgzs5uf2AafFDug5PIHCmHesjLwAwb-I=w470" alt="" style="width: 470px;" /></p><p></p><p>Man, this color is really lovely!</p><p></p><p></p><p>But it was a little on the modern side for my country Alaska home, and wasn't quite right for my space. &nbsp;I need to both darken and warm up the stain color.</p><p></p><p>One of the greatest things I've learned about staining is you have so much control of your finished project. &nbsp;</p><p></p><p><img src="https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/kZfa661rVHvdDzZ4veF2S5lwn9oZ7NZpPBygU33q5y4=w470" alt="" style="width: 470px;" /></p><p></p><p></p><p>After testing an area, I added a layer of <a href="http://www.minwax.com/wood-products/stains/minwax-wood-finish" target="_blank">Minwax® Wood Finish™</a> in Special Walnut over top of the Weathered Oak.</p><p></p><p><img src="https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/Yk5S3YvbelLCR9rKhQoU_2s7YkFITMBCvRMtuuStico=w470" alt="" style="width: 470px;" /></p><p></p><p></p><p>Having the Weathered Oak under the Special Walnut brought a gray tone to the stain, exactly what I was looking for!!!</p><p></p><p>Happy with my stain color, it’s time to finish the project!</p><br /><p></p></p>
Step 3 Instructions: 
<img src="https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/BK-BIBnXWmR8gfD1Ji-rDCZD77LA6a61bARV1_7LGzU=w470" alt="" style="width: 470px;" /><br /><p>I love <a href="http://www.minwax.com/wood-products/specialty-products/minwax-paste-finishing-wax" target="_blank">Minwax® Paste Finishing Wax</a> because it protects but you can barely tell it’s there! &nbsp;It’s also super easy to apply. &nbsp;Just dig in and start rubbing it on!&nbsp;<br /></p><p><img src="https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/nRn9onTsQpnN16GPVKFRKUvhPiHJaHwdWaB26X_W_iQ=w470" alt="" style="width: 470px;" /><br /></p><p><br /></p><p><p>And that’s the story of how I made this brand spanking new<a href="http://ana-white.com/2013/05/plans/bedside-charging-table-or-nighstand" target="_blank"> bedside charging table</a> look like it might possibly have been handed down or found at a vintage flea market.</p><p><img src="https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/VWTkvAlx9gEW6Af2ppK1gNS7u5tP4mJv2qENI9CfVuM=w470" alt="" style="width: 470px;" /><br /></p><p>Thank you <a href="http://www.minwax.com" target="_blank">Minwax </a>for sponsoring this finishing tutorial!</p><br /></p>

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