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  1. Barbie Leavell says:

    We have new hand hewn Doug Fir beams inside. On the outside, we also have new Doug Fir smooth side ceilings next to more hand hewn Doug Fir beams.
    On the front of house we have new vertical rough cedar & garage doors.
    I did samples with Eco Wood (Accelerator) on all the different woods & it all come out gray green. I’m going to try the laquare to maybe enhance the aged wood look & maybe try the wood treatment you used. Some of the hand hewn samples Doug Fir took on a charred look.

  2. I’m trying to get a greige color using knotty Alder. Everything turns red!

    1. Same!! I need to know a good Rich brown that doesn’t turn red on alder!

      1. More of the same! Did you get an answer?

  3. Chera Lee says:

    We are in the process of refinishing old pine floors. The floors were sanded and then stained with Minwax Provincial. They look blotchy and uneven in some spots, but what bothers me more is the really darker areas and even black. Is there anything that can lighten the darker/black areas before the polyurethane is put on top? Thanks

    1. I don’t have any experience with this, but I’ve heard rubbing the darker areas with acetone can help even it out.

  4. Where is the charred wood accelerator shown in the first picture

  5. Did you use a wood conditioner prior to using the wood accelerator? Thank you!

  6. Thanks for the information. Sent it to my boyfriend… I’m the researcher in this love. 🙂

  7. This article is SO helpful! I wish i had seen it BEFORE I applied a stain to a old pine ktichen table. I am not crazy about the stain as it is leaving a green patina where the darker parts of the wood is. Can I use the accelorator Aged Wood (love that look) over one coat of a stain to deepen the dark wood tones?

    1. It’s definitely worth trying! I don’t think it will work as well over stain, since it reacts with the wood itself), but it may help. You can also layer stain colors, so you can always play around with a darker color on top of what you have!

  8. Can these stains be used for outdoor siding?

    1. Most stains are great for interior and exterior, but you’d need to check the label on the specific color and brand you want to try.

  9. Thank you so much for this article. I love the Ebony stain on pine. I have a rustic oak console with knots and grain-finished in a medium matte stain.
    I’m not crazy about the idea of a huge sanding project. Would you recommend a black paint color in a matte finish instead? Could you advise on a black paint that would be similar to the Ebony stain?

    1. You could definitely go with black paint instead! My favorite black paint is Limousine Leather by Behr!

  10. Edward A Schimmelpfennig says:

    All I can say is that you deserve a Nobel Prize for providing the in-depth analysis and commentary on the various woods and stain options. VERY instructive and helpful. Have found some beautiful carved corbels on Etsy … that I want to use as wall brackets. As a result, I was delighted to have discovered your website. Continued good luck ! Edward / Chicago

  11. This is a really awesome post, thank you so much! I love DIY and furniture painting, but never did staining before. I learned a lot from this, and it helped me narrow down my options for a teak cabinet I’m redoing.

  12. Hi! Sorry if I missed it, but are all of these showing just one coat of stain? And how long did you let the stain sit before wiping it off? Very helpful post!! Thank you!