This is where things got a bit frustrating. I have to wait 4-6 hours after applying each coat of stain to let it dry, and since I work full time everyday, that basically meant I only had time to apply one coat each day.
You can see that coat #2 made it darker (above), but if you look up close in this photo below, it's still pretty light.
My name is Erin and I'm a big dummy.
So before I could stain this side, I had to sand down the bottom of all four of my frames so that I could get an even stain coat. More wasted time ensued...
And I was ticked.
Because as much as I wanted to move on to the poly, I knew I would kick myself if I didn't take the time to make them darker and add just one more coat of stain. My impatient side and Type A perfectionist side litterally had a mini bi-polar battle within my head, before I finally gave in and added one more coat. It's just one more day, and I'll regret it forever if I didn't.
The extra coat was totally worth it. It's hard to tell, but the frame in the front has the forth coat on it, and the back two don't. If you don't see it, lie to me. Please.
Then it was finally time for poly. I used this technique to apply the oil based poly, just like on our nightstands. This is where I was doing a little happy jig in the garage, because the poly takes the flat, matte looking finish of the stain, and brightens up all the color and really brings out the wood grain.
Isn't she purdy?
|Poly on the left, just stain on the right.|
It's going to be a busy week with last minute holiday shopping and planning, so I'm not sure how much time I'll have to work on these bad guys and blog about them, but you know I'll share all the details with you as soon as I can. Stay tuned...