So I started with some 1'x4'x1" pine boards. I cut them to fit in my Parlor closet and then sanded all the edges. I also took 8 feet of pine chair railing and cut them into 10" sections. I dry brushed the boards and did 2 solid coats of paint on the railing. I happen to love Behr's Lamp Black satin paint.
After allowing those to dry for 24 hours, I then took a rag towel and dipped it in a 1/2-1/2 mix of the two following stains and rubbed the stain on then wiped it off.
Perfection. You know those times when you can see something in you mind's eye, but then when you do it, it really didn't turn out as well as you hoped. Well this was NOT one of those times. It couldn't have turned out better!
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