I received a sample in the mail the other day from Minwax. It included a couple packages of their wood finishing cloths, and a small piece of wood. At first glance the wood looked like an artists palette.
After a closer look, I realized it was not an artists palette, it was a wine bottle holder! Well, more technically, it was a wine glass holder. It fits over the neck of a bottle and then holds two wine glasses. It's like a butler.
Last night, I thought I'd give the finishing cloths a shot on my new little friend Alfred (get it, he's Batman's butler... I know, my wit surprises even me). I read the instructions, and when I flipped over the package, there was a small bag attached to the bottom. It was actually a pair of gloves. I think these people know me better than I know myself.
I donned my gloves, placed a drop cloth over my workspace, and gave a crack at the cloths. They open with a flap on the front of the package, kinda like a baby wipes. Except, I would not want to get these mixed up with baby wipes...
The cloths are soaked in stain, and you just wipe them onto the wood, then wipe off any excess with a clean cloth. It was a bit messy (but all staining always is). After I was done, I actually took off my gloves inside out, and trapped the used cloth inside my glove like I was picking up ahem... things that a dog leaves behind.
After wiping off the excess stain, I let it sit overnight, and this is what I was left with.
I think I may give it a couple coats of spray poly for added durability, but it did give a lot of deep stain with just a few minutes work.
The wine holder slips over a bottle, and two glasses slide right in.
It's a pretty fab hostess gift. I will have to remember this at the Holidays. All in all, I'd say that the cloths were pretty good. If you've got a small project, they are easier than dragging out the wood conditioner and stain. For big projects, I would still stain using my traditional approach.
Minwax Wood Finishing Cloths are available at all major home retailers. I saw them last week at the paint department desk at Home Depot.
You can find the wine bottle holders for sale here.
*Minwax didn't sponsor this post, or expect me to even write it. They just sent me a few samples in the mail, and I thought I'd share.
P.S. Why have companies stopped sending mailed samples? I miss the laundry detergent and perfume samples in the mail! I would go to parties smelling like fancy perfume, and people thought I was ballin'. I blame the lack of perfume samples on my inability to be a socialite. That or the fact that I prefer going to the hardware store than the ballet, and that I'm always covered in paint... well nevermind.