About a month or so ago I was wandering around one of my favorite home decor stores (The Wood Connection) and I saw a cute shadow box with the patriotic decor that had been stained. The result was a more antique look to the wood since you could see the grain. Now, up to this point, I’d never stained anything. Paint is my go-to and wood stain was totally foreign to me. I decided it was time to add it to my skill set and took it up to the front to pay for it, along with the shadow box. I talked to the ladies up front and got a couple of tips and went on my way.
As I pulled out my supplies I went through a mental checklist of the things I needed:
- wood stain
- old t-shirt or rag
The first step is to prep your wood by sanding it. The instructions on the can of stain say to use fine-grade sandpaper (#220), but I only had #150 so I used that. The wood was already pretty smooth with the exception of one edge. Then I used a baby wipe to wipe off the excess wood dust.
Next, I popped open the can of stain. (I used Minwax Wood Finish Penetrating Stain in Provincial 211.) I dipped my paintbrush in the stain and applied it to the shadow box in the direction of the wood grain, trying to get an even coat.
After I finished applying the stain, I let it sit for about 10-15 minutes. Then I took an old t-shirt and started wiping the excess stain off. Then I let it dry outside for an hour or so. (It was too stinky to keep inside.)
When I brought it in, I finished it off with some scrapbook paper on the bottom and a wood cutout of the United States that I had mod podged while the stain was drying.
|See that grain? So pretty!
Now that I’ve stained wood, I don’t know what was keeping me from doing it in the first place! It was so easy and the result is exactly what I was looking for. (If you’re nervous about it, just start with something simple like a shadow box or a wood block.)
Do you have any tips for staining wood?