We are finishing an open stair rail around our basement stairs. The
wood scheme in our new home is dark red oak vs natural finished oak
flooring. Provides a very nice contrast. The rail in in a craftsman
style that matches the rest of the house. We decided to do the large
box newels, heavy rail and foot rail in the darker red, and stain the
simple square, rounded balusters in natural stain that matches the
I have had good luck putting MinWax natural on oak + polyurethane to
get very close to the floor colors. However, the balusters aren't
quite getting there with the natural stain and a couple of coats of
wiping poly. Need a little more amber.
Has anyone had experience with adding a drop or two of oil based stain
to poly to darken a tad? I have googled several variations of 'poly +
stain' but most responses are folks trying to bypass the staining
process. We just want to 'kick the color up a notch'.