Pa Ingalls and his boss Lars Hanson would have crushed it at the Walnut Grove sawmill with this simple stain hack. Mrs. Olson would have pined for the stained timber. Timber sounds a bit more refined than unfinished wood. And that is exactly what this simple wood stain hack accomplished.
Before we started this project, my husband shared this wood finish tip. When he explained the purpose of a wood conditioner was I compared it hair conditioner.
His eyes glazed over with my analogy.
Kind of like Mr. Olson’s eyes when dealing with Mrs. Olson’s shenanigans.
It turns out just like our hair, wood-related projects benefit from a pre-stain conditioner. It goes on wood like melted butter.
I purchased the smallest can of wood conditioner here, but you can pick it up at Home Depot. I would suggest buying the larger, quart size. You will love this stuff!
A pre-wood conditioner goes on your timber projects, like butter and allows the stain to soak into the wood for a smooth finish. It is a quick, mindless step which means it is essentially error-free.
The directions are simple and straight forward. Using a pre-conditioner is not like assembling a Wayfair dresser with six drawers. It takes a few minutes to apply. On smaller projects, I may have applied with a paper towel.
A pre-wood conditioner is great for DIY projects with nooks and edges.
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