Apply First Coat
For the espresso stain, use Minwax Gel Stain in Red
Elm. When you open the can, the stain
will look like jello.
Mix the stain until it looks like melted chocolate.
I find working with a slightly damp surface helps the stain
soak in faster and more evenly. Gently
wipe the project with a damp rag or sponge.
For this project, you will want to use a stain brush.
Start at the inside, underside of your project – in the
hardest to reach place – and work your way outward. Trust me on this one – if the underside is
hard to reach, it will be even harder to reach when the rest of the project is
covered in wet stain!
Apply the gel stain liberally, working in sections. You will want to wipe off excess gel stain
after approximately 3 minutes.
So work fast, again over applying the stain
And flip the project over and apply stain to top sides.
Approximately 3 minutes after applying gel stain – more or
less depending on humidity, temperature and wind – begin wiping off excess gel
stain. If you have a larger project, it
is a good idea to have a second person wipe off excess gel stain while you are
still applying it.