Step 3: Stain
In this step, I apply Minwax Wood Finish , oil based stain to entire project to achieve the desired stain color.
Carefully stir the stain. Use a scrap piece of wood or inconspicuous area to test your stain and verify that it's the color you want.
Apply stain using a Minwax Wood Finish Stain brush (recommended) or foam brush following in the direction of the wood grain.
Let the stain penetrate the piece for 5-15 minutes and wipe excess stain off with a rag. The longer the stain penetrates the wood the darker it will be. Just don't let the excess stain dry on the wood!
After letting the pecan stain dry about 6 hours I was ready to apply my second color of stain. I chose Minwax Wood Finish again, only this time in in Espresso.
Gently stir the stain.
Dip a rag into the stain. I would wear gloves because this part is a little messy!
Wipe stain on project concentrating on edges and crevices.
Immediately wipe stain off. I didn't let it soak in at all because I just wanted a little extra color. I love how the darker stain really brought out the details on my furniture piece. Continue doing the same for the whole project until you have just the color you want.
When you are happy with the look of your stained project, be sure to let it dry a fully 24 hours before applying the top coat to protect it.