It’s always a good idea to test out the stain on a scrap piece. If your stain looks blotchy, then apply Minwax Pre-Stain Wood Conditioner before staining – it’s cheap insurance and easy to do.
When you begin staining, apply in the direction of the wood grain, starting on the inside working your way outward.
Carefully apply stain to all areas, getting the stain into all crevices and joints.
When wood weathers in nature, the knots weather differently than the wood itself. If you simply apply stain over the knots, the finished product may look unnaturally weathered. I took a small paint brush and applied stain around the knots.
For areas too small to reach with the main stain brush, use the small paint brush. Once stain soaks into those knots, it will be difficult to remove.
It’s okay to admire your work as you go! The color is quite beautiful with a shimmery
Once your first coat has been fully applied, allow the stain
to soak in for up to 15 minutes. If the stain isn't as dark as you'd like, you can add a second coat after 4 to 6 hours.
Don't worry, I got that spot I missed!