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5 Staining Tips Every DIYer Should Know with City Farmhouse

By: Minwax

Guest Blogger Jen of City Farmhouse is back to share some wood finishing tips she learned at our Habitat for Humanity ReStore workshop. Follow along as she walks you through 5 helpful tips you should know before starting your next DIY wood finishing project. 

This is a sponsored post by Minwax®.


Here are  5 staining tips every DIYer should know…

     So before staining, it’s important to use an oil based wood conditioner like Minwax® Pre-Stain Wood Conditioner, if you’ll be using an oil based stain, or MInwax® Water Based Pre-Stain Wood Conditioner, if staining with a water based stain.





  Minwax® Polyshades® It’s both a stain and protective finish in one product.   




DIY Floating Bench


Live Edge Bench


DIY Modern Rustic Beam


Driftwood Sculptures

Jen shares DIY projects and thrifty decorating solutions. Her design philosophy is that bringing style to your home doesn’t have to break the bank. Learn more about Jen and visit City Farmhouse. You Can also follow her on FacebookTwitterInstagram, and Pinterest.

Aerosol Tips and Tricks for Your Next Spray Project

When you’re using Minwax aerosol products, or if you’re planning on using these convenient sprays, here are some helpful tricks to get smooth sprays on edges.


I wanted to use the aerosol version of Minwax® Polyshades® — stain and finish in a single can — on this large picture frame I made, but knew I needed to raise the frame off my workbench to get an even application along the bottom edge. So, before spraying, I lightly tapped a finish nail into the back of each corner, and rested the frame on the four nails. Afterwards, I just wiggle them out and save the finish nails for my next spraying project.


We are all into re-purposing, right? So hang onto those aerosol caps and use them for stands when spraying small projects, such as these unfinished drink coasters I stained with Minwax® Water Based Wood Stains, then finished with Minwax® Polycrylic® Protective Finish.

Until our next time,

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A Quick Spraying Tip

I love the aerosol versions of Minwax® Fast-Drying Polyurethane and Minwax® Polyshades® for touch-ups of worn spots on older furniture, but sometimes I don’t want the over-spray to land on adjacent parts. As a solution, I keep pieces of cardboard handy to protect any parts I do not want sprayed. And the great thing about the cardboard is that it is easy to cut, shape, and trim to fit around awkward pieces. Give it a try!

Until next time,

Thanks for stopping by!