Along Came Poly

If you checked out last month’s post on Bower Power about polystain, then you know it’s a miracle product.  Polystain is awesome because it allows you to stain and protect wood in a single step by combining stain with polyurethane.  Last weekend, my mom took it upon herself to single-handedly keep Minwax in business by polystaining just about everything that she came across.

While taking a break from decorating her house for Easter, Mom tackled a slew of sad little pieces with just a few coats of Minwax’s PolyShades in Bombay Mahogany.  A rich stain instantly transformed this plain oak frame into the perfect surrounding for a sweet bunny print:

Along Came Poly

The pastel, floral base of this lamp was off-putting to Mom so she never used it.  After a few coats of polystain, the base was neutralized and the bunny lamp was finally allowed to participate in the Easter festivities.  Turns out polystain works on more surfaces than just wood!

Along Came Poly

Mom recently converted my old bedroom into this warm, inviting guest room.  (What, did she think that guests wouldn’t like the electric purple room of my youth?  Whatev!)  The newly slipcovered wing chair looked great in the room, but the medium-toned wood on the chair legs simply didn’t blend in.  After a few coats of polystain the wing chair blends perfectly with the deep chocolate brown that accents the space.

Along Came Poly

This little bench is the piece de resistance.  With stains and a dull oak finish, this bench had seen better days.  Now it’s a gorgeous mahogany tone that will look great in any room of the house.

Along Came Poly

What do you feel like polystaining?  I’m thinking about tackling that awesome headboard that I practically stole at a garage sale . . .

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  1. nikkisnacs says:

    I saw this stuff on Bower Power too! I’m still trying to decide where to start with it.

    I think that your headboard is a great candidate for it. Can’t wait to see what you do.

  2. Kathy says:

    Can’t wait to see the finished headboard!

  3. Averill says:

    Ah the Bombay Maghany is my favorite of the Minwax stains. I used it on a couple of Craigslist chairs I rehabed and they turned out great! Who knew staining was as easy as painting??