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How to Stain Reed Baskets
By Susi Nuss

Here is a easy way to add color to your flat or round reed baskets with commercial wood stains.

Difficulty Level: Easy    Time Required: 30 minutes


Here's How:

  1. Stain finished baskets rather than staining unwoven materials, that way all the cut ends are stained.
  2. Choose a color of oil based woodstain. Minwax brand is the choice of many basketmakers.
  3. Prepare your work area by covering surfaces with a drop cloth.
  4. Working outside is best, but be certain to have adequate ventilation if working inside.
  5. KEEP OUT OF REACH OF CHILDREN.
  6. Combustible. Do not use or store near heat, sparks, flame or other source of ignition.
  7. Wear a painter's mask, rubber gloves and eye protection when handling.
  8. Stir the stain until the solids in the stain are well mixed.
  9. Dilute the stain with mineral spirits. This is personal preference, but 2 parts mineral spirits to 1 part stain is a good place to start.
  10. Test a scrap piece of reed before you stain your baskets to check the color.
  11. Brush the stain onto the basket, covering all surfaces.
  12. Allow any excess stain to drip off the basket.
  13. Wipe away any drips that accumulate at the bottom of the basket.
  14. Recoat the basket if the finished color is not dark enough.


Tips:

  1. Foam brushes are disposable, but disintegrate quickly. For longer use choose bristle brushes.
  2. Use a paint sprayer attached to an air compressor. Wait until you have several baskets ready to stain and do them in batches.

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