Creating a Colorful Nightstand at the Renegade Craft Fair


Crowd gathering around the Minwax booth

We had an exciting time at the Renegade Craft Fair in Seattle last month, as thousands of people streamed down the aisles, stopping in the Minwax® booth to ask questions, try new products, and watch as I was staining and finishing two pieces of furniture.

Bruce Johnson applying blue Minwax stain

On Saturday I gave this hardwood two-drawer nightstand a light sanding, wiped off the dust, and then applied Minwax® Water-Based Pre-Stain Wood Conditioner to avoid any blotchiness when staining. I used Minwax® Express Color™ in “Indigo” for the two drawers, and also applied it to the top.


Bruce Johnson applying Vermont Maple wood stain

As a pleasing contrast to the blue top and drawers, I decided to stain the framework with another water-based stain. I used the Minwax® Water Based Wood Stain in “Vermont Maple.” You can apply it with either a brush, a soft cloth, or a heavy-duty paper towel, but need to follow your application by wiping off any stain the wood does not absorb, going in the direction of the grain of the wood.

Bruce Johnson applying a polycrylic finish

Stain adds color, but not enough protection, so as soon as it dried, I brushed on the first of two coats of Minwax® Polycrylic® Protective Finish.

Finished Nightstand at Renegade Craft Fair

The great thing about water-based stains and finishes is that they dry fast enough for you to start and finish a project in one day. Our nightstand turned out great and gave people at the craft fair a chance to see our water based stains and finishes in action.

Until next time,

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