TIP: It's always a good idea to use Minwax Water Based Wood Conditioner before stain application for more even results when working with pine. Cheap insurance!
It’s time for stain!
Minwax Water Based Stain comes in lots of different colors and is mixed at the paint counter. Make sure you mix well. If you have multiple cans, pour together to mix as one for the best consistency.
I started applying the stain on the bottom.
I like to work in sections.
With Minwax Water Based Wood Stain , after three minutes, you wipe off excess stain. If I work in sections, I don’t ever get ahead of myself.
After three minutes, wipe excess stain off with rag. Wipe in direction of wood grain. TIP: You can work stain into lighter areas to create a more uniform look.
After staining bottom, I flipped the crate over and started in the inside and worked my way outward until the entire project was stained.
Additional stain coats can be added to deepen the color if desired. Just wait 2 hours between coats, and follow the same steps as the first coat. I only did one coat for this project because it will be whitewashed.
Reference: Minwax Water Based Wood Stain Directions