We totally have a favorite stain color: Red Mahogany. Here are all of our different DIY projects that use this color. I am sure this list will continue to grow because anytime we try to change to a different color, we always end back with our favorite.
What is red mahogany stain?
We use Minwax Red Mahogany on a variety of woods and DIY projects. We think this color is a rich brown with slight reddish tones. It is not nearly as “RED” as other stain colors that contain that word. This stain also looks good on a variety of wood species.
I would also say, while we are “DIY’ers” we are by no means professionals. Therefore, this stain color seems to be pretty forgiving and easy to work with.
How To Use Stain
Depending on the size of the DIY project or how dark we want the color to be our methods vary just slightly.
1. Make sure your wood is clean and dry. We actually have never used a wood conditioner, but maybe adding that to our list to try for our next project.
2. Add stain using a cheap brush. Most of the time we either throw the brush away or will use paint thinner to clean. Sometimes for smaller projects, we have used an old cotton t-shirt or rag to rub on the stain in the direction of the grain.
3. Leave the stain on for 5-15 minutes. Depending on how dark you want the stain to appear. Again, for our smaller DIY projects the whole surface is stained, and then by the time you can go back and wipe, you are ready to go.
4. Make sure projects are completely dry. Add polyurethane in at least two coats. In between coats, you need to rough up with extra fine sandpaper lightly before applying the next coat.
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Shop and Compare Red Mahogany Stain Colors
We are DIY nuts! So, of course, we always want to try to find our supplies in the cheapest and easiest way possible. Sometimes that is ordering it online and sometimes it means going to your local hardware store.
Home Depot (a different brand that we have not used, but some of you may like this stain line better)
Do you have a favorite stain or paint color? We would love to hear from you.