My wife Leigh Ann and I are both collectors, so when I saw this small, unfinished box in our local craft store, I knew one of us could put it to good use.
I selected Minwax® Gel Stain in Antique Maple for the stain. The thicker-bodied Gel Stain gives you more control over your stain, which is what I needed to keep it from running inside the box.
After brushing on the Gel Stain, I used a soft cloth to wipe off any of the unabsorbed stain, always going in the direction of the grain of the wood.
Just for an accent detail, I stained the lip of the top using the darker Hickory Gel Stain. After the stain had dried, I coated it with Minwax® Fast-Drying Polyurethane . . . .
Which is when Leigh Ann decided it would be a perfect storage and display box for some of the shells she had collected while we were on vacation at the beach. I guess I can always go get another one for my collection of arrowheads . . . .
Until next time,
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