Natural bristle brush
Medium and Fine Grit Sand Paper
I started with a project just built using brand spanking new pine boards. I sanded the project starting with medium grit sandpaper, working in the direction of the wood grain.
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.
Then I applied Minwax® Pre-Stain Wood Conditioner with a foam brush to the project. I let the wood conditioner soak in for about 15 minutes before beginning to stain.
And I’ve been dying to try it out myself, so I was super excited to pick up a can.
Just like any other Minwax® Wood Finish™ , I mixed the stain well before application.
And then I just began applying the stain, with a natural bristle brush, working in the direction of the wood grain.
I then let it soak in for about 15 minutes.
And then began wiping excess stain off the project.
Man, this color is really lovely!
But it was a little on the modern side for my country Alaska home, and wasn't quite right for my space. I need to both darken and warm up the stain color.
One of the greatest things I've learned about staining is you have so much control of your finished project.
After testing an area, I added a layer of Minwax® Wood Finish™  in Special Walnut over top of the Weathered Oak.
Having the Weathered Oak under the Special Walnut brought a gray tone to the stain, exactly what I was looking for!!!
Happy with my stain color, it’s time to finish the project!
I love Minwax® Paste Finishing Wax  because it protects but you can barely tell it’s there! It’s also super easy to apply. Just dig in and start rubbing it on!
And that’s the story of how I made this brand spanking new bedside charging table  look like it might possibly have been handed down or found at a vintage flea market.
Thank you Minwax for sponsoring this finishing tutorial!