Nervous! Need Help With Finishing Wood Counter
We finally have our walnut counter for our island. For months I had planned on finishing it with mineral oil and using it for a chopping. We got it from Craft-Art's DIY store so we are finishing it ourselves. We flipped it so the bottom was up and I tried a sample of the mineraloil. It was not what I had hoped for. The color was too light and had an orange cast. I think there is some "sap" wood in the counter so there was some very blonde stripes and some dark. Anyways, I didn't like the color or look. We talked with the local hardware shop who sells Waterlox and decided to stain the counter a darker color and then apply the Waterlox finish. I have given up the idea of chopping on it. Yesterday we stained it and it looks pretty, but dark! How long do we need to let the stain dry. Hardware store says 24 hours but Waterlox website says 72. I'm in a hurry to get the Waterlox on it because I don't want it to start warping. Also, will the Waterlox darken it more? If it get any darker, it will be too dark.
Thanks for any advice!! Jill