First I applied the oil stain and wiped most of it off with a paper towel. This step is needed to created a nice oiled surface for the gel stain. I tried doing this by applying just the gel stain and learned that it doesn't go on real smooth and goes on too tacky if the surface isn't oiled.
The whole trick to this technique is achieving the correct tackiness with the gel stain. It will first apply on smooth because you have a oily base and as you keep brushing it will become tacky after which you'll notice a cool wood effect. That's when you stop and move onto the next section. I worked in 3 foot sections. Keep in mind a little bit of gel stain goes a long way. You want it to be see through when applying it.
Using a special brush apply one coat of clear finish to get a matte look!
A DIY BLOG, SHARING STORIES OF DESIGN BY LILY ARDOR