A Few Colorful Frames


April is Minwax National Woodworking Month®! To celebrate, wood finishing expert Bruce Johnson has written a few blog posts to inspire you to tackle a DIY project this month. Don’t forget to download the Minwax National Woodworking Month® mail-in rebate form, you could save up to $17 on select Minwax® products. 

For several years I organized a DIY stain and finish class in which the students worked on frames I made in my workshop. Over time I accumulated several leftover frames that I finally decided to “DIY-it myself” — and finish them for my collection of Arts and Crafts posters.

After a light sanding, I brushed a coat of  Minwax® Water-Based Pre-Stain Wood Conditioner on each one to decrease the likelihood of the wood turning blotchy when I applied my stain.

I love the Water Based Wood Stains because of the wide variety of colors, including “Green Tea” that I rubbed onto this particular frame.

Minwax® Water Based Wood Stains also come in several wood tone colors, including “American Walnut” shown on this frame, which I topcoated with clear Minwax® Polycrylic® Protective Finish, just as I did the other colors.

Since water-based products dry so quickly, I was able to condition, stain, and finish several frames over one weekend. I hung them downstairs in our house on Sunday evening, making me feel good about both utilizing the frames and getting my posters displayed!

Until next time,

Thanks for stopping by!


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