Staining’s my favorite
Taken from one of our family’s most oft-quoted movies “Elf.” Cause we are high-brow like that. 🙂 Actually the line by Will Ferrell is, “I just like to smile, smiling’s my favorite!” Well, that’s how I feel about staining….it’s my favorite.
Here’s a little staining tutorial for ya.
I started with this table that was found at the best garage sale ever! It was cute and had possibility for sure but not a likely candidate for staining, or so I thought. After I posted my garage sale find, I immediately had a taker for this table. She wanted the top stained. Who am I to argue?
The first step was to sand the top town. I didn’t worry about the rest because I was going to spray it with Kilz Primer. I did give the rest a light sanding. On the top, I used my Mouse sander and 120 grit paper. I hardly ever use really rough grit paper because I’d rather use a little more elbow grease with a lower grit than use too high a grit and be too destructive.
I was actually surprised to find such a pretty grain underneath. Things are looking up! After sanding and cleaning, I taped/papered off the top so I could prime.
Next step, spray with Kilz primer. After the Kilz dries, be SURE to sand the whole piece down with a fine grit sanding sponge! Kilz leaves a rough residue behind that will keep your piece from having a smooth finish. After sanding, wipe down with a damp cloth.
Now you are ready to paint! I chose Martha Stewart’s Sharkey Gray (sample pot) and painted the bottom part (with the top still taped off).
Once dry, I pulled the paper/tape off of the top. Here comes the fun part! Apply MinWax Pre-Stain Wood Conditioner. Apply it with a rag and it just soaks into the wood.
Now it’s time to stain. These stain applicator pads give great coverage. The best part is, they are lint-free. I don’t care if cloths say lint free on the box…they never are!
Dip the center of the pad into the stain. Rub the stain along with the grain of the wood. Let it sit for 10-15 minutes. Then wipe off the excess with a soft, dry cloth.
Lastly, I added a drop pull to the drawer and distressed the legs a bit.
And here she is:
That’s what I’m talkin bout. One last look at the before & after…
Staining is most definitely my favorite!!!