I almost did white paint/stain but my husband mentioned he liked the idea of staining it and I thought about it and agreed (A wife agreeing with her husband’s idea… I’ll admit it this time!)… the stain is a good contrast with our house colors. Plus I’ve been staining so much lately I’m kind of obsessed… from our own wood floors to custom shelving…(guess I need to do a post on those too!)
Since I wasn’t actually present for the constructing of the box just refer to the blog post above… as for the staining… first of all it’s way easier to use pre-sanded wood. For the stain I used Minwax Wood Finish Oil-Based Stain in the color provincial. You’ll only need the small can because stain goes a long way (our box is about 6 ft long and it barely put a dent in the small can)… you’ll also need gloves and cloths or rags to wipe the stain on. Trust me you want gloves… I learned the hard way with the floors… paint thinner does take it off though just in case it drips. I rubbed one coat on, let dry for an hour or two then applied a second.. you can apply a third or even a different color stain as well. We waiting another 24 hours before installing the box because the stain does take a while to completely absorb.
The next day we bolted it to the wall where we wanted… then planted flowers!