It's taken me a week to stain my kitchen tabletop.
I quickly found out that I had a lot to learn about staining furniture!
I posted here about painting our kitchen table/chairs a cream color. I've been happy with it,
but decided I'd like to break up all the cream by staining just the tabletop with a color that
would go with our kitchen cabinets. Easy, right? Just a little sanding and add the stain.
This is the product that I used, Minwax Stain & Polyurethane in 1 Step.
I painted the stain on using a foam brush (1st mistake) - DO NOT USE A FOAM BRUSH.
The stain was darker than I wanted and really thick, so I thought I would take some off by wiping/blotting it with a rag (2nd mistake) - DO NOT TRY TO WIPE IT OFF.
I ended up with this. Ugh!
I had to wait a good 6 hours for it to dry thoroughly, before I could sand the table again.
I began staining again with a 'foam brush' (when will I learn?). I went back and forth with
good spots and bad spots. The stain was too thick in some areas, so I'd try to wipe it off
with mineral spirits. I could never get a clean look. FINALLY, after doing a little research
and talking to friends I realized that I needed to be using a regular paint brush, duh?!
(This is the table in the middle of my crisis!)
I sanded again, but was never able to get every spot of stain off.
I decided I would accept a distressed stained look?!
I even sanded the edges to complete my now distressed look.
Here's how it turned out.
I like the stain color with the bottom of my curatins.
See the darker areas where I gave up on sanding.
I think it gives it a bit of an aged look (that's what I'm telling myself)
I actually have another staining project in mind now that
know have a better idea of how to do it!
I'm joining the following parties: