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Submitted by Felicka on Mon, 05/14/2012 - 22:29

Easy, fun great project that my husband and I did together. This project cost about $202, and I will take that price over the price that you would have to pay in the furniture store any day. We found some great wood at Lowe's that worked perfectly and gave it the "rustic" look that we like. Thanks Ana for the plans and sharing them with us.

Estimated Cost
Estimated Time Investment
Week Long Project (20 Hours or More)
Finish Used
We used Minwax wood conditioner and then a coat of Minwax Dark Walnut stain. We then used a coat of poly followed by wet-dry sandpaper for the smooth finish.
Recommended Skill Level


Debi_G (not verified)

Wed, 05/16/2012 - 19:01

That's a fine quality piece of furniture!

Why can't I get dark walnut stain to look like that?


Wed, 05/16/2012 - 22:07


My hubby used wood conditioner prior to applying the dark walnut. with using the conditioner especially with soft wood such as pine it allows the stain to adsorb in evenly. we only used one coat of both.


Wed, 05/16/2012 - 19:45

Debi_G, I've had lots of trouble getting stains to look the way I want too. What I've taken to doing is either mixing my own (see, as well as trying out various commercial stains until I find one that satisfies my desires. Good use for your scrap.

So far the best commercial stains I've found are from General Finishes. They're designed to sit partially on top of the wood, which prevents some of the splotchy and washed out look that make some stains unpleasant to work with.