Sunday’s Spotlight: STAIN + FINISH©

March 12, 2016 12:53 pm
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Have you ever used our Stain + Finish© products? I have to say, they are the best and easiest to use stains out there.

  • Simple to apply
  • Built in Endurance finish
  • No stinky odor
  • No harmful odor
  • Easy clean up
  • Used applicators and rags will not spontaneously ignite
  • Does not contain carcinogens or mutagens
  • Multiple HACK uses
  • Five great colors
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Kukui Stain+Finish top by Laura of Vintage This, Repurpose That

The first thing that you will notice when you open a can of Stain + Finish is probably nothing. There is no stinky odor. Also, there are no harmful fumes. You can work on a stain project INDOORS! You are no longer banished to the garage or to having to use a respirator if you must work indoors. That is a huge plus if you want to re-stain your kitchen cabinets; it is critical if you live with someone who has a developing brain, asthma, chemical sensitivities, COPD or allergies.

Lee Ann Walker Kuhn from Creative Moments sanded this 1980's throwback down and gave this vintage chair back its glory using Hickory Stain+Finish

Lee Ann Walker Kuhn from Creative Moments sanded this 1980’s throwback down and gave this vintage chair back its glory using Hickory Stain+Finish

Stain + Finish is so easy to use. Stir well before use (and during prolonged use).   All stains have the ‘good stuff’ collect at the bottom of the container. You need to get it mixed back up into the solution. You can apply with lint free cloth, a staining pad, a bristle brush, or a foam brush. I have listed them in the order in which I feel you have the most control over the applicator. I like to apply thin coats; you apply heavier coats when using brushes. Always apply and work the stain in the direction of wood grain.

Jasmin at ReVintaged achieved this combination finish by using Kukui brushed over Walnut Grove Stain+Finish.

Jasmin at ReVintaged achieved this combination finish by using Kukui brushed over Walnut Grove Stain+Finish.

Stain + Finish comes in five on-trend colors. Our darkest color is Kukui, a dark java. Walnut Grove is the second darkest, rich brown. Hickory is a mid-tone brown; it has warmer undertones than Walnut Grove. Savannah Praline is a golden brown and is often used to add more warmth to Kukui & Walnut Grove, when blended together. Beech Nut Gray is mid shade gray with slight blue undertones. You can mix stain colors, just as you do paint colors.

Rhonda at Vintage Birch Designs used Savannah Praline on this desk top for a classic look.

Rhonda at Vintage Birch Designs used Savannah Praline on this desk top for a classic look.

If you have ever used oil-based stain, you know the warning on the container regarding proper disposal of applicators and rags used with the stain to prevent fire.   Rags that are wet with oil-based stains do ignite! You do not have to worry about that with rags that have been used to apply Stain + Finish.

Every week, I run across pictures of projects that have used Stain + Finish in an ‘off-label’ use. These ‘hacks’ are inspiring! I think the first off-label use I saw, was someone using it OVER existing stain. Their project piece had a good, intact and stable finish on it. It was not chipping or flaking off. The only issue was the color of the current stain. They simply cleaned it and applied the Stain + Finish on top of the existing finish. In order for this hack to work, you need to be going to a similar or darker color stain. It is often used in refinishing cabinets, as well.

Before and After of Cabinets Refinished by Evey of Evey's Creations using a custom blend of Kukui and Walnut Grove Stain+Finish

Before and After of Cabinets Refinished by Evey of Evey’s Creations using a custom blend of Kukui and Walnut Grove Stain+Finish

Our Stain + Finish is often used alone as a glaze to add definition and character to a piece of painted furniture.   While some people use it as is, I prefer to use it mixed into our Clear Glaze to give it additional ‘working time.’

Savannah Praline Stain+Finish over Pittsburgh Gray Paint by Erin at Painted Teal Vintage. You will notice the wood looks stained but the grain looks Gray, which gives the effect of old wood.

Savannah Praline Stain+Finish over Pittsburgh Gray Paint by Erin at Painted Teal Vintage. You will notice the wood looks stained but the grain looks Gray, which gives the effect of old wood.

I love seeing people create specialized finishes with the Stain + Finish. “Barn wood” finishes are the most popular. Often they stain the wood the desired base coat then add light layers of paint to replicate the time-worn wood look.

Helen at Past Connections Emporium created this 'barnwood' wall using a combination of Beech Nut Gray Stain+Finish and Seattle Mist

Helen at Past Connections Emporium created this ‘barnwood’ wall using a combination of Beech Nut Gray Stain+Finish and Seattle Mist

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