I absolutely loved all the feedback I received from my awesome readers when I asked if I should continue to distress the top. It was a resounding NO and so I painted over it and I have to say that was a good call!
Here are the goods. Minwax stain in black, a paintbrush for applying the stain and about 300 white rags for removing the stain. Wow, that stain absorbs quickly.
So here are my observations regarding staining that I thought would be worth sharing.
- It is every bit like painting so dress accordingly. Don't wear white watches, your brand new favourite pair of skinny jeans or a long unwieldy scarf. I was smart enough to take my watch off after snapping this photo but had to ask my husband for assistance with the scarf 20 minutes after I started.
- When they say work in small sections because stain dries quickly, I advise you to listen. It dries damn fast people.
- Unlike paint or primer you do NOT need to cover every square inch. In fact it is not advisable. After all, you're just removing it.
- If you're painting over furniture there's no reason to go with the grain as far as I could tell. Feel free to go around in circles which helped to incorporate the edges that need to be blended.
- The stain does lighten slightly after a few hours, maybe more. It's only been a few hours and I see a difference so maybe tomorrow it'll be remarkable.
This weekend I'm waxing this baby. Full reveal next week. Happy Friday everyone!