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Make sure you follow the instructions above to prepare the pine properly prior to staining. I use this lumber quite a bit because it’s always cut the straightest and has almost no knots in the wood. Guess the 3-4 hour aging is best. I want the feel of a cozy, warm, not brand new house. It turns even the ugliest wood into a beautiful piece. General Finishes Golden Pine Gel Stain Pint. After the vinegar solution, I used the Annie Sloan Dark Wax, and then followed up with a very thin coat of Minwax Special Walnut. And I do think this would work just fine on stripped wood. Hi! P.s I’m not a seller or spokesperson for fusion- just a happy little diyer who’s discovered a revolutionary product. I’m making drapes now and referring to your experience to help me, thank you. The last time I did this I brushed on a coat of water first & wiped it off so the paint absorbed more evenly. I can’t wait to try this! It’ll never dry.). Fascinating Blog today! That was my favorite finish for my butcherblock because any scratches, gouges, or stains could be easily removed, and then the countertops re-oiled. I love the way it settles into the low places and gives it a nice aged look, but I prefer the more subtle look of the last one. It basically goes in and fills up the hair where it is porous so that when you apply the tint it takes evenly from scalp to ends, just stain does after wood conditioner. It drives me absolutely crazy the way that water-based poly clouds up when it gets wet. I’ve never seen a pro use a wax like Annie Sloan for something like that (I think it’s too soft), but I’ve seen both Minwax and Briwax used for that. And I don’t want to ruin them with a bad stain job but neither of us excell at staining. Staining usually causes blotches and always makes pine’s porous earlywood darker than its dense latewood, just the opposite of unstained pine (inset). I’m so glad that you tested your method on the select pine. FYI- Two of my favorite finishes are danish tung oil, and a marine grade finish called Sikkens. THANK YOU for sharing this! 🙂, I bet you can already tell which one I’m gravitating towards, right? Serrated sandpaper lasts longer. This of course is a perfect choice for replicating the typical colors found in Heartpine wood. I would also like to do wood countertops against crisp white cabinets in our build. Of course, these are also the same people who can make regular ole polyurethane look like a million bucks with a hand rubbed finish. Kristi….. How do you wipe the vinegar stain on/off the pine? Thank you so much for a very quick reply! Learn how your comment data is processed. Light Heartpine is a wonderful color which can be used on so many species to create a golden red with a touch of brown. Minwax has the perfect wood stain colour for every project. Antique pine often has a dark, mellow color. One more thing, if you are also interested in the more classic, brown stain colors, check out 10 favorite wood stain colors. See what I mean about the grain? To make cleanup easier, keep it off the surrounding wood surfaces. I will be interested in what it looks like after the vinegar solution ages to 24 hours. I want to get the cherry back to it’s original look pre stain, which is very light. Good Morning! We just had a table and two benches built, and I’m trying to decide how I want to finish it. I’m a former Cosmetology teacher and after the 10th comment about wood conditioner, it finally clicked. Stunning grays and tan, but I hate the yellow tone. But the overall color just wasn’t quite warm enough for me. Your cart is fantastic! Any finish that I do on my table will be protected by several layers of oil-based polyurethane. No protective coat needed, food safe and easy to repair a spot instead of doing the entire table. Woodstains are slightly different to wood paint, in that it brings out the beauty of the wood grain instead of covering it. SAND WITH A BLOCK angled across the growth rings. So scientific! I am not nearly as experienced as you are with woodworking but you do give excellent instructions so I feel like I will be capable of handling it. Toothbrush, dipped in water, dipped in oxcylic acid powder, a little scrubbie-scrubbie and stains are gone! Do you know if I can get that off the pine or if I apply your other steps with the stain will it get to the warm brown? Just some suggestions for you…looking good and I was going to suggest select pine as I was reading your post and you use it…that piece was gorgeous. What a wealth of knowledge you are regarding staining. Then work through the grits to create finer and finer scratch patterns. Artist’s oils contain high quality pigments for pure, clear color. You can choose the level of gloss with it, too! Now I only have to buy a few products to achieve that look rather than a dozen with 70% of them being failures. Although the house is old the pine floorboards are just 40 years old and all in the same condition. I’m pretty sure that the last one is exactly what I’m going for. Absolutely love it. Unfortunately, when woodworkers try to duplicate that color on new pine by using stain, the results are usually disappointing. I finally gave up, sanded them down to bare wood, and just oiled them with mineral oil, and then kept them oiled on a regular basis. over wax. Later I wanted to do it again & used white vinegar, it was not the same. I highly recommend you try it. Fill a spray bottle with 2 cups of water. Ahhhhhhhh!!!!!!! And as always when I work with pine to try to build something nice, my concern has been the final finishing steps. What I WOULD try on a floor is bleaching the wood first (using a bleach product that’s specifically made for floors and other large areas) and then staining. Experiment on end grain, face grain and veneered stock. hot water (Step 2). I tried some of the wax over red paint on a scrap piece of wood and I was immediately sold. I wondered about getting old pine planks as well. Are you familiar with Minwax Pre-conditioner that is applied before staining. But just the absolute thinnest of coats of wax seemed to be enough to seal the wood to the point where the grain wouldn’t soak up the stain in a crazy way, but not seal it so much that the wood was too saturated with wax to soak up stain. Seal Pine Before Wood Staining. Moving along, and it’s only Feb. Blessings, I have had that table for 26 years… You will love the memories 😀. So there’s definitely something to the vinegar solution, even using it after only three or four hours. (I did soak the solution for more than 3 hrs.) Glaze acts as a toner on the sealed surface, resulting in a deep, rich color and a uniform appearance. It penetrates into the wood, and helps the stain to go on more evenly to prevent blotchiness. Thank you for doing this! Fortunately, you can minimize any uneven appearance later with the colored glaze. What are your suggestions? Glazing adds a second, separate layer of color that really makes the pine come alive (Step 6). PREEMPTIVE GRAIN-RAISING is a must-do for all water-based finishes. The … The owner sells on eBay as well. If your epoxy cures milky-white, touch it up later, after you’ve dyed the wood and sealed it with shellac. I used on my daughters table (found at thrift store) and 3 years later it still looks like the first day. Always test stain on a hidden area of the wood to verify desired color. Regarding a wax coating not being durable… I assume you’re referring to a hand-rubbed product like the Annie Sloan waxes. So I wiped the vinegar solution onto the wood, didn’t see any change, wiped it off, and decided to try something else. It’s made of pallets, packing crates, and 1″x12″x12′ boards from a reuse center, so I have lots of different looks in the same species. Minwax Waterbased Pre-Stain Wood Conditioner 1-qt. Forgot to mention- on some projects, I used a stain under the Sikkens for an even deeper color. Both of them. You may not have a problem right away, but it will be a problem. Tung Oil! If the polyurethane doesn’t work, is there another finish which would protect and give the same effect? We just built our table and dont want to screw it up on the staining. If you’re using Minwax Fast-Drying Polyurethane it’s fine otherwise double check with your polyurethane manufacturer that this is okay but it should be. So you just put one coat of shellac and let it dry. Don’t go overboard with the amount you mix—a little glaze goes a long way. Without shellac, pine’s pitch can bleed into oil-based finishes, leaving fissures or shiny spots that remain tacky, especially around knots. And when you get that much pronounced grain on a large item like a dining table, it looks so incredibly busy. Might save you some steps. So I flipped the board over and did the four-step process that I used on sample #6 above. Second, pine’s surface is usually loaded with randomly occurring figure and super-absorbent pockets that suck up stain and look blotchy. Neither the top or legs are stained. I can’t figure out how to attach the photo to this comment but if you want to see it I could send it to your email. I stained every board three times with Minwax Golden Oak and wiped it off after only five minutes. Of course, he probably had it professionally milled (as one can do when money is no object). Light-colored woods like oak, maple, cedar, and pine are often great choices for finishing with stain, since the stain can really highlight the grain variations. A. Wax is just not durable for a table that is used often, so that’s not even an option that I would consider. Done! Two coats are necessary to control blotching (Step 1). You might want to change the color of the original wood on a deck to match the interior or exterior of your home. Step 1 Lay out the pieces of pine and oak. This was Waterlox with a little bit of Minwax Honey mixed in. The finish was beautiful. I’ll probably be tackling that project in December or January. Seal the surface with two coats of 2-lb.-cut dewaxed shellac. We tested a variety of natural, light, medium, and dark stains on pine, poplar, whitewood, and red oak to give you plenty of options. Also Polyvine is a poly that leaves a hand waxed finish. It’s tough to get uniform penetration on end grain. Do you think this method would work on Ikea butcher block countertops? Definitely not the look I’m going for. And depending on the stain color, I’ve seen the grain in pine turn yellow, and orange, and even an awful reddish purple. I paint on a thinned down mixture then wipe off like stain. I’ve been trying to figure this out for years! I first applied a coat of Minwax Pre-Stain wood conditioner to all the pieces, except the first block. Here’s how that looked compared to my first sample. These are used separately. This is going to be a pain but I love how your samples turned out. I would love to see the color you got! Plus you can apply it by hand like a traditional oil stain! Not exactly, but they were all cut from the same piece of lumber. So yesterday, I tried out some different methods to see what I could come up with, and I actually think I found a way to stain pine a gorgeous medium-toned brown color that looks somewhat aged, while minimizing all of that yellow and orange grain! Keep on Finishing™ ... Minwax ® Wood Finish™ Puritan Pine 218. It is going to gain some yellow/gold/red tones regardless of what you do now. Not a bit of yellow or orange undertones. Typically, pine is the cheapest lumber you can buy and its light color can make it seem like a blank canvas. 🙂. Blend uneven areas by varying the amount of glaze you leave on the surface. I imagine it would be equally effective on pine. I tried this & my pine ended up VERY dark, almost black. I priced each, and was SHOCKED at how much a DIY table made out of walnut would cost me. 🙂 If after waxing, the wood still feels dry and not waxy, it should be stainable. In fact, Minwax’s own site says it’s for non-hard finishes, but it seems to work. You can check out the details of my process here…. She has 2 young boys and has every meal at that table with no special care. If you can’t find it in your area let me know, I would be happy to send you what you need to try it. It appears that the vinegar is helping avoid grain reversal. A good-looking finish always starts with a thorough sanding job, especially with a soft wood like pine. Back to top. I haven’t ever used (or heard of) that wood. Neutralize with a wipe of watered vinegar? You’ve gotten me a little ahead of the game! After the epoxy has set, sand it flush with the surface. But when it comes to light a medium-toned stain colors, wood conditioner just doesn’t seem to do much…or at least not nearly enough to suit my taste. Here are several reasons to stain wood. Orbital sanders leave swirl marks that make the stained surface look muddy. We may receive a commission when you use our affiliate links. I purchased from “the milk company” and they were very helpful with any questions along with the information they have on their site (no I don’t work or advertise for them:). I’ve never tried that. Pine is very common for dining tables, and also for floors. We’ve had several friends rip plywood and use, but like you said- THE GRAIN!!!!!!!! Let the conditioner dry thoroughly, then sand it with 400-grit paper. Now that you have chosen the right stain for your project’s wood, the next step is to clean the wood surfaces. It’s what pros use to remove water stains from wood and to lighten colors. And I think if I had added one more very thin coat of stain before the polyurethane, it might have reduced the grain even more and evened out some of the blotchiness. (January 11, 2019) It took me three more years, but I’ve finally found a much easier way to get a beautiful stained finish on cheap pine. Stains applied to light timber (or composite boards notably plywood) will appear much stronger and brighter in colour than stains applied to dark wood. It has a slightly blue tint to it, but the color is fairly consistent from one wood species to the next. In retrospect, I kind of wish I’d gone out and gotten the buffer…it would have made a smoother, slightly shinier finish, but honestly, the hand-rubbed one was great for that painted piece. Sand after each coat with 400-grit paper. Love your post. I know you have the steel wool pads, but do you use those to take it on/off as well? However, this does not impact our recommendations. Many Thanks. Slightly weathered and matte. Pre-stain conditioner is something that you brush onto the wood about 5 to 15 minutes before staining. Suzanne, Hi Kristi, This is amazing. I want my table to end up with a warm medium brown finish. Well, evidently it did do something, because I tried to replicate the look of sample #6 without using the vinegar solution, and it didn’t look nearly as good. This stain can be mixed with other colours in the range to achieve 1,000's of new shades. Also, I was painting something red…which refuses to harden on its own for months because there’s something about drying time with red tinting, and I wanted a harder finish over it. It seems maybe I can see a bit of lines from the saw blade? I want a table just as you described but looking at them I am seeing prices from $2100 to $3500 depending on where I am shopping. The directions I found used apple cider vinegar. I was afraid there for a bit that the difference was in the type of grain you had more than the method you were using. Once again, I used Annie Sloan Dark Wax over the wood, and then used Minwax Polyurethane on top. http://www.pneumaticaddict.com/2014/08/how-to-make-wood-toner.html. Set the stain next to the pine and verify that it is the proper color. Here’s the one I use. No matter how much wood conditioner, or how many coats of medium or light stain I use, that awful grain is still there…and accented in a way that I don’t find pretty at all. Interesting experiment. Good idea using the Annie Sloane Dark Wax to fill in the grain. Wood conditioner works beautifully on pine if I’m staining it a dark color (with Rust-Oleum stain…not Minwax). Practice until you’re comfortable with the process and know what to expect. It will eventually peel off. Especially when a big oak fell on our property recently. 1. I love how the wax settled in the low places and gave it an aged look. Start at the bottom and work your way up. I am going to try one more sample today with the older 24-hour vinegar solution, but at this point I’m thinking that I’ve found the perfect method to get the color I want while getting rid of crazy pine grain! And I finished with a coat of Minwax Polyurethane. I use it on all my outdoor furniture, my front door (inside and outside), and it lasts exceptionally well!This looks glossy at first but quickly cures to a soft sheen. We’ve been wanting to do a wood/stain study for years now and in my head, I wanted to do every type of wood with about 20 different stains each.But with limited resources (not to mention space), we settled on 5 popular species of wood commonly used by DIYers, with 6 different stains; 2 light, 2 medium and 2 dark. Minwax Fruitwood oil-based stain enhances the natural pine wood grain with a beautiful rich color. Or you can google bleaching wood and find some articles and videos about it. I love it when I can make connections like that! My legs and apron will be painted to go with the chairs. (Speaking of new oak, that is. If you follow the process presented here, you can give pine deep, rich-looking color without losing it’s natural appearance. This post is sponsored by Minwax. Shellac prepares the dyed surface for glazing (Step 4). But I’ve tried that method with light and medium-toned stains on pine, and it just doesn’t work. Can I apply another clear protective finish over Soft Wax? But back to reality…I’ll be building my table out of pine. https://www.addicted2decorating.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/DIY-cart-1.jpeg, https://www.addicted2decorating.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/DIY-cart-2.jpeg, Merralyn, I uploaded your pictures so that Janice and others could see. Is there any way that I could see your pics too please? It also come in different wax tones, so I can tailor it for the huge of the wood. Before you touch your project with a brush or rag, get familiar with the materials and the process by practicing on good-sized pieces of scrap. You might want to try it as one last option just to see how it goes. Our favorite dark wood stain. When you have a large surface to cover, use a spray bottle to apply the dye and a brush to spread it. Glaze medium makes the artist’s oil easy to spread and quick to dry (within 24 hours). I think that’s awful. Penetrating stains often enhance the rustic look of knotty pine, allowing the natural texture and wood grain to show through the stain. But like you, I really hate how pine takes stain, and I didn’t want to ruin my wood. Hmmm…I hadn’t heard of that, so I searched, and the first article that came up was this one: http://www.woodshopnews.com/columns-blogs/finishing/502292-shellac-as-a-sealer-its-all-just-hype. With any stained finish, gouges, scratches, and stains are almost impossible to fix without it being noticeable. Also, since I wrote this original post, I have discovered an AMAZING water-based topcoat. After taking off the rough outer layer, switch to a finer grain (150 to 200-grit) and sand the pine a second time. I’ve never tried it, but I have a feeling it’s not quite as easy as they make it look. Reasons to Stain Wood. Another way I’ve found to deal with stain and getting just the right color is to make and use a wood toner. Dad and I have built (well.. 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