Question on staining Aspen and Pine
I know this is a Paint message board, but I am not getting any response from other message boards. So I thoight I will post here..someone might know the answer.
I brought a Millstores Aspen student desk and a Pine bookcase. This is my first staining project. After some research on google on the how-to's , I plan to use a Minwax wood conditioner and then use a water based stain on both furniture pieces. I want to buy a Maple Minwax stain.
1.Since the desk is Aspen and the Bookshelf is Pine, what should I do to make sure that the stain color matches. Will applying the wood conditioner help in making these different woods in showing a similar stain.?
2.Since the desk will be used by a kindergartner, I want a easy cleanup.
Will a poly finish give me a easy cleanup from all the crayons.
Should I use water based or oil based poly.? I would appreciate it if you could suggest the correct stains that I should pick.
Thanks in advance Amav