I first applied a coat of Minwax Pre-Stain wood conditioner to all the pieces, except the first block. I want to get the cherry back to it’s original look pre stain, which is very light. A shellac or sanding sealer might do the same thing. Done! I’d also forgotten that Minwax actually makes a mineral spirits-based pre-stain wood conditioner for soft woods which would be easier to use than shellac but I’d still recommend experimenting with SealCoat for the end grain. Mainly dad… Actually only dad) this Ana White console.. Two of them and they are beautiful! FYI- Two of my favorite finishes are danish tung oil, and a marine grade finish called Sikkens. It’s all a solid beautiful medium brown and it’s not opaque or streaky like water based gel stains. My 4 year old daughter routinely bumps the cabinet with objects and I haven’t seen a major gouge yet. I’m so glad that you tested your method on the select pine. I personally have not tried it but plan to…those that use it love it. I have to admit that I was very impressed with the end-results and it the finish looked as good if not better than what you’d expect from a furniture factory. Otherwise a good color on pine And if so, is it a yellow/amber color like an oil-based poly, or is it clear like a lacquer? 🙂. I was shopping for the wax online and love the fishes of #6 too for a pine barn door we purchased but it calls this out on the site below which makes me a bit nervous. I have very few tools at this time. I guarantee that. 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. Hopefully someone else will have some info for you. The difference between pine and oak is hundreds of dollars, and then I’m left with oak grain, which in my opinion, is only slightly better than pine grain. Can’t wait to see it finished, and also to see the walls done. 😍. View all Stains He laminated some of pine studs together (removed from my house while doing initial renovation) and turned those for the legs. Puritan Pine 218. Step 1 Lay out the pieces of pine and oak. Place the pad on the walnut. Two nice choices could be Behlen Solar-Lux™ Medium Brown Walnut color or American Walnut … Most retailers sell the small trial packs. Walrus Oil cutting board oil is not actually a stain – it is an oil. The finish was beautiful. The colour is a deep rich reddish gold. I’m very hopeful that this will work on my table. The products that have made Minwax® an American icon will add color and beauty to your wood—in oil or water-based stains. How about doing a layer of thinned down paint to control the grain and color variation. ... See the photos for what you can expect next to the regular Ipswich Pine, this Signature style is much darker, almost a caramel color. Ive used a wood conditioner before staining and it really makes a difference on how the stain looks on pine. It wasn’t protective at all. Rust-Oleum 260147 Ultimate Wood Stain, Quart, Dark Walnut 3.6 out of 5 stars 9 $23.99 $ 23 . I did have to mix the dark and light tung oil to get the finished color I wanted. I guess I’m asking what is the cost differential between pine and oak, walnut etc? It’s a night and day difference! He has a stash of old wood he’s collected over the years and used two old pine planks for the top. The wood bleach kit that I used is pretty inexpensive, so it might be worth the purchase to test it out on your wall (or rather, on a scrap piece of wood from the wall). You don't have to sand after each coat, only after the first. The product I love is AquaZar top coat in antique flat. Minwax Dark Walnut. It’s soft, but the dings and scratches that occur kind of lend to the character and charm of it. I’m pretty sure that the last one is exactly what I’m going for. There are 250 pine with walnut stain for sale on Etsy, and they cost $46.46 on average. I’ve never tried it, but I have a feeling it’s not quite as easy as they make it look. Dropping another $20 is just not what I want to do right now. This was Waterlox with a little bit of Minwax Honey mixed in. I’m going to try it again today after letting it sit for 24 hours, and I’ll see what difference that makes. I’ve built my own, too, and am very happy with the results. 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. 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 am doing my table in Cherry so I don’t think I will have that problem. Any other steps that you would add in there? 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? I am leaning toward you selection of stains also, but do not want to lose too much of the gray. Later I wanted to do it again & used white vinegar, it was not the same. And just to be sure that my last (favorite) sample wasn’t some kind of fluke, I decided to test my method on a piece of Select Pine lumber from Home Depot. It is one of the softer of the hardwoods, ranking only 5 on a hardness scale, with 10 being the hardest. Did you brush or wipe the stain on? Addicted 2 Decorating is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com. I have had fantastic results with both of these. I’m confident that I can actually build the table. Walrus Oil. Hi Kristi, I used to own a lathe, but never practiced enough to be good at it. Thank you for this post! Have you ever stained this wood? Your style choices and mine may often be different but I always think your work looks beautiful and magazine worthy. This post from pneumatic addict on how to make your own wood toner is great. © Copyright 2020 Hearst Communications, Inc. For extra gloss, rub the wood whenever possible with the palm of your hand between coats of oil. 🙂. One coat of the 1 lb dewaxed shellac (the 50/50 SealCoat/denatured alcohol) is probably good if you’re using the select pine for your tabletop. I use this lumber quite a bit because it’s always cut the straightest and has almost no knots in the wood. You might want to try it as one last option just to see how it goes. It should first be thoroughly sanded to smooth the surface of the wood. I love the color of Emily’s kitchen table. Nothing needs to be that complicated, right!? The pine turned more gray than anything. If you want the very best stain for pine, then the … It seems maybe I can see a bit of lines from the saw blade? American Walnut … This is one reason I’m an avid reader of your blog! The difference between pine and walnut … Let me preface by saying that I know you can achieve pretty finishes on pine with paints and waxes. Well you're in luck, because here they come. But like you, I really hate how pine takes stain, and I didn’t want to ruin my wood. 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. 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. Can I apply another clear protective finish over Soft Wax? You can choose airless or pressurized spray equipment to apply lacquer; it doesn't matter. I do not have a good hand with poly, either spraying or brushing. Apply a very diluted dye in a color of your choice to the entire piece, heartwood and sapwood. I haven’t used it on my pine floors yet, but you’ve got me thinking. FYI: YOU’RE MY HERO 🙌 I cant tell you how many DIYs I’ve come across that are gorgeous…right up until the finishing step. Every wood species benefitted greatly from the conditioner with this stain. The sample that I like the most doesn’t have as much grain as the first sample with just the stain, but it does have the same type of grain as the stain-only piece on the left side, and yet you can see that the way in which it took the stain is very different. Shop Minwax Wood Finish Oil-Based Stain Early American Interior Stain (Quart) in the Interior Stains department at Lowe's.com. The difference between pine and walnut is $1500+ dollars. Neutralize with a wipe of watered vinegar? When my father built us a baby cradle, he insisted that the way “the pro’s” do a nice finish is to stain the wood (Maple in this case), follow with however many coats of poly you like, then apply a coat of wax over the poly and buff it in with an electric buffer (like one of the ones that fits on an electric drill). I … Brush on two generous coats of water-based conditioner. Good Morning! Soft or porous woods, such as pine or aspen, tend to absorb stain unevenly. http://www.finewoodworking.com/how-to/article/pitfalls-of-finishing-pine.aspx. Before using PolyShades® on soft or porous woods, Minwax® Pre-Stain Wood Conditioner should be applied to ensure even stain … Your cart is fantastic! What a difference! I’ve lived with a dining table that was just protected with a wax finish, and it was awful. Guess the 3-4 hour aging is best. 6. It appears that the vinegar is helping avoid grain reversal. What are your suggestions? I thought this was pretty, and the grain didn’t bother me so much since it didin’t turn a hideous color. Depending on your method of application it can take on an aged look or a full coverage look. It also come in different wax tones, so I can tailor it for the huge of the wood. Can this same process be done on raw oak? Dye is different from stain, as dye doesn’t obscure the grain, which is pretty important when using walnut. Last, is the redder of the two dark stains … It looks nice but if you really want an even stain on pine, you need to do a shellac washcoat first. 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. I used the vinegar/steel wool method to make stain for some wood I wanted to have an aged look. And as always when I work with pine to try to build something nice, my concern has been the final finishing steps. It’s crazy pine grain! I’m sure you noticed they were using a water-based pre-conditioner and dye rather than an oil-based pre-conditioner and stain and they still evened color further with glaze. Have you tried that? Or maybe paper towels? How do you wipe the vinegar stain on/off the pine? It dries fast, you only need two coats to seal and protect, and it's user friendly. So there’s definitely something to the vinegar solution, even using it after only three or four hours. Each plank is 18″ wide. Although, no red came through with the pine at all. Then stain on top of it. Oh…one more thing… I recently discovered (thanks to TOH and Google) that there are dealers that specialize in old wood and I found 3 or so in my area (New England…we have lots of barns people take down). Internet #: 203310382. I think that’s awful. You can do this by hand with a hand block or a handheld oscillating tool with a sanding accessory. I’m so grateful that you shared all of your test swatches, and your final combination of products, because I think your last board is exactly the tone and weathered-but-not-crazy-grain look I’ve been hoping for! I didn’t want the orange tone that I got and the 2×4’s stained differently than the 1x’s. I don’t think using the wax would work for me, but I will mix some color with the waterlox. Earlier this week, the table legs and table slides that I ordered from Osborne Wood Products were delivered, so as soon as I can get the walls finished in my dining room, I’ll be ready to start building my table. 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! Attempting to add another coating – such as Annie Sloan Lacquer or another varnish or even polyurethane – over a wax finish is futile. It turns even the ugliest wood into a beautiful piece. I will be interested in what it looks like after the vinegar solution ages to 24 hours. I think the only practical way to DIY that would be to use a “chainsaw sawmill” (which I saw recently on Alaska, The Last Frontier). The basics: 1. However, I’ve had great success with General Finishes Gel Stain in Antique Walnut. I know it clears back up when it dries out, but it’s just not something I’d ever use on dining table. I love antique, naturally aged, quarter-sawn oak, but that look is hard to replicate on new oak.) You may not have a problem right away, but it will be a problem. The regular stain … I priced each, and was SHOCKED at how much a DIY table made out of walnut would cost me. Finish by spraying another coat of lacquer on the walnut just as you did the first time. 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! It can be finished with or without stain, reflecting a warm ambiance due to a complex grain pattern that wanders and ripples. In the past, I’ve had good success with rub-on stains, layering up to the desired saturation of color…but they’ve changed the formula and it’s a lot thicker now and does really odd stuff. This is so timely. Beautiful results!! But if you have a scrap piece left over, you might want to try bleaching the wood. I also came across this link that has some great tips for staining pine for a beautiful finish: http://www.popularwoodworking.com/techniques/aw-extra-101013-staining-pine. Hi Kristi Is that right? And the Sikkens that I use is “Cetol Marine Natural Teak.”It is a beautiful rich, deep brown, dries really hard, and with a couple of coats, it provides a great barrier. Also, since I wrote this original post, I have discovered an AMAZING water-based topcoat. Feb 6, 2018 - The warmth of dark walnut stain on finished pine. A modern twist on classic shades, this boldly confident color brings a sense of rich luxury. Some too yellow, yet some too red. Might save you some steps. It’s great inspiration, because I’m always perusing the Dot & Bo website, longingly looking at all the industrial-style furniture for $1,500+. Hold the gun 8 inches from the walnut at a 30-degree angle. After waxing, the wood still felt really dry, like it would soak up just about anything I put on it (stain, poly, Waterlox, etc.) What happened to the table that you got from your sister? I just finished using it on farmhouse style picture frames I built out of the cheap pine 1×2’s at Home Depot and they turned out gorgeous. I just tried it, and it turned the grain orange. I would personally be a bit scared of trying it on a floor. I’m not sure if anyone has suggested this as admittedly, I did not read all of the comments. Oops! See what I mean about the grain? Using your fingers, vigorously rub the pad around in a 3-inch circle with authority until the pad and wood begin to get warm. Have you or any of your readers tried painting over stain with acrylics? Suddenly everything orange became a warm rich brown and I loved it. 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. So scientific! Varathane 8 oz. With each application, keep the surface wet for three to five minutes, then wipe off the excess. I did have one question, would selecting a different wood choice make it easier to accomplish the desired result? I imagine it would be equally effective on pine. Learn how your comment data is processed. That piece you bought certainly qualifies as “crazy grain”! Provincial by Minwax. I was certain that it wouldn’t do any good, as I’ve read that it really should sit for at least 24 hours. Are you familiar with Minwax Pre-conditioner that is applied before staining. The most common pine with walnut stain … Regarding a wax coating not being durable… I assume you’re referring to a hand-rubbed product like the Annie Sloan waxes. I love how the wax settled in the low places and gave it an aged look. I used pine from Home Depot and was not really trying to hide the grain. Never even opened the can of poly that I bought. I knew if I tried just poly, I’d end-up with drips or bubbles or something. http://www.refinishwizard.com/washcoatsolids.htm How does the Minwax get through the Annie Sloan wax? Actually very similar in color to your last board with just one coat.. No pine grain shows through it at all. I just refinished my bathroom countertop that I made out of pine, and I’m so pleased with how the finish turned out. My inspiration is this turned leg farmhouse table from Williams-Sonoma that expands from 72 inches to 116 inches and seats up to 10 people when fully expanded. The owner sells on eBay as well. This has worked well for me. 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’s what pros use to remove water stains from wood and to lighten colors. I still have to build the cabinets before I can make the countertop, so that’s why it might be January before I tackle it. Wipe on and immediately wipe off. But getting the finish just right will be the challenge. In fact, Minwax’s own site says it’s for non-hard finishes, but it seems to work. Ahhhhhhhh!!!!!!! 🙁 I guess that won’t work. Note I would recommend using Pre-Stain wood conditioner before staining any White Pine wood… There is a difference between PURE tung oil and products that contain tung oil. A. Might you try the different stain recipes on the same pieces of wood? Hi! Good luck. Neither the top or legs are stained. I made butcher block counters out of long scrap maple from a reuse center, so don’t forget that there are other options than Big Box and lumber yards! The homemade vinegar stain was about two cups of white vinegar, two “000” steel wool pads, and two tablespoons of coffee grounds. Every wood species benefitted greatly from the conditioner with this stain. 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. What is wood conditioner? Is there any way that I could see your pics too please? Any recommendations for a different wax? And I don’t know if you’ve ever tried to stain new pine, but it’s tricky. Awful. I wish I knew how to turn my own legs. I want a stained table, but when I stripped the top of that table, I found that only the very top of the table was covered in wood veneer, and the decorative routed edge around the table top was MDF, so it wouldn’t take stain. Even if it’s expensive, it might still be way cheaper than buying the inspiration table. P.S. Tung Oil! We love the honey brown you came up with. Look under “industrial cart wheels”. I’m still working on the bathroom makeover, but here’s a peek at how the countertop turned out…, No orange or yellow grain in sight! Finishing Techniques for Walnut Wood. Let the oil soak into the wood for 30 minutes and wipe it off. I'm a DIY fanatic remodeling my way through our 1948 fixer upper.More About Kristi. 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. How to Remove Scratches on Interior Doors, How to Remove a Dark Stain From Knotty Pine, The Best Way to Preserve Oil-Stained Wood. ), My Breakast Room Plan — A Completely Different Direction, New Window Style Choices (Plus, I Found The Perfect Installer! Wood conditioner works beautifully on pine if I’m staining it a dark color (with Rust-Oleum stain…not Minwax). I wondered how you got through the wax for the stain, but you explained that above. And here’s a look at my favorite sample compared to the stain-only sample. It’s a metal guide/fence attachment for a chainsaw that lets you slice boards from a log right in the field. You’ve gotten me a little ahead of the game! You can see some grain, but it didn’t turn a crazy color, and it looks more aged than stained. It’s so soft and gets dented and is full of ugly knotholes ….. She has 2 young boys and has every meal at that table with no special care. With Minwax® wood stains, there’s a color to suit every style. I am thinking of gray stain first, to neutralize, but I really like the idea of a wax to fill in the cracks for an aged look. So I flipped the board over and did the four-step process that I used on sample #6 above. 🙂. Did you scroll all this way to get facts about pine with walnut stain? Hi Kristi. What a wonderful, informative post. Proper surface preparation is vital when finishing walnut. 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. I think it works because I used so little wax on it. I always thought that’d be fun to do. That doesn’t even include the chairs. 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. It does take patience, 4-5 days between coats and we did 4 coats. And cheap, in my humble opinion. Mix 3 parts pre-made shellac with 2 parts denatured alcohol. Not dark, just rich looking. Definitely not the look I’m going for. Wow, I have learned more about finishing wood in the last 30 minutes than I have in my whole life. What kind of stores sell hardware like that? 6. As I told y’all a week or so ago, I’m planning on building my own dining table since I couldn’t find exactly what I wanted in a price that I could afford. Let the conditioner dry thoroughly, then sand … Shaddy began publishing in various magazines in 1992, and published a novel, “Dark Canyon,” in 2008. After sanding, liberally wet the surface of the walnut with a cloth saturated with penetrating oil. 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 self levels removing brush strokes and dries to a gorgeous finish. Both of them. No protective coat needed, food safe and easy to repair a spot instead of doing the entire table. Here’s the one I use. I would not have the patience to go through all of those steps…so glad you have done it and given your steps so clearly. I started this one by rubbing Annie Sloan Dark Wax over the entire thing, and then followed up with a coat of the Waterlox + Minwax Honey. Also Polyvine is a poly that leaves a hand waxed finish. So my goal was to come up with something that gives a medium-toned aged finish, minimizes the crazy pine grain, while ending up with a durable oil-based finish on top. I will definitely be rereading some of these in the future. Sometimes it takes more than one application to get the richness in the color I desire. It will eventually peel off. Whether or not he likes it it’s a common practice when using an oil stain and a water-based varnish. Is there an image of the finished table? I ended up not using this technique on my table, so I don’t have a picture of it on a large surface. But I’ve tried that method with light and medium-toned stains on pine, and it just doesn’t work. 🙂, Anyway, a table like that, in that warm medium brown tone, is exactly what I want. Thank you so much for a very quick reply! Third Row: 1) OM Pecan, 2) OM Provincial, 3) OM Special Walnut 4) MW English Chestnut, 5) OM Natural Walnut . After the stain color is to your liking and completely dry, then you can use a compatible poly over the top of it or you can seal the stain with SealCoat and then poly. 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