Mantel with Cathy Z.
 

Mantel with Cathy Z.

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To save some money, Zaeske varnished the new mantel herself. She used six coats of Minwax Wipe-On Polyurethane, lightly sanding between each coat. While pleased with the results, she admits if she had to do it over, she would have used tung oil before varnishing, because it would sink in and visually push the graining outward.

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To save some money, Zaeske varnished the new mantel herself. She used six coats of Minwax Wipe-On Polyurethane, lightly sanding between each coat. While pleased with the results, she admits if she had to do it over, she would have used tung oil before varnishing, because it would sink in and visually push the graining outward.
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