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 stained timber. Timber sounds a bit more refined than unfinished wood. And that is exactly what this simple wood stain hack accomplished.
WOOD STAIN HACK
Before we started this project, my husband shared this wood finish tip. When he explained the purpose of a wood conditioner I compared it to a hair conditioner.
With my witty analogy, I think his eyes glazed over.
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. And the lumber project just soaks it in to every grain and edge.
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!
The directions are simple and straightforward. Using a pre-conditioner is not like assembling an Ikea dresser with six drawers. It takes a few minutes to apply.
STEPS TO APPLY A PRE-STAIN WOOD CONDITIONER
- Apply the pre-wood conditioner with a paint brush to your unfinished wood project.
- Apply with a paint brush or foam brush.
- Dip the brush into conditioner and spread it across the grain.
- Allow 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 best part of this process is it is essentially error-free.
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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