We first wet down the countertops to raise the grain, and then we sanded the countertops with a 150 grit followed by a 220 grit sandpaper. We used a power sander because this was a big job and would have taken forever if we did it by hand.
|The countertops are sanded and ready for stain.|
|This is the water based stain that we used.|
We chose a water based polyurethane from General Finishes (the maker of the water based stain). We applied three coats of polyurethane on top of the stain. The polyurethane made the stain look slightly lighter and brought out the colors of wood grain in the wood. It was a pleasure to work with the water based polyurethane; it has almost no smell at all and cleaned up easily with soap and water.
|Water based polyurethane in semi-gloss that we used for our countertops.|
|Finished counter tops.|