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From engagement rings to musical instruments to artwork, family heirlooms are precious pieces of your family’s history. (We call dibs on Grandma Lillian’s silver hairpin.) But not everyone is lucky enough to inherit such treasures, which is why we’re showing you how to create your own.

What you’ll need: Sandpaper, Minwax Water Based Pre-Stain Wood Conditioner, a synthetic-bristle brush, clean cloths, Minwax Water Based Wood Stain, a foam brush, Minwax Polycrylic Protective Finish, an unfinished wooden rocking chair

Step 1: Lightly sand the rocking chair in the direction of the grain to get a smooth finish. Apply the wood conditioner with a synthetic brush or a soft cloth.

Step 2: Before applying the wood stain, test it on a scrap piece of wood to make sure you’re getting the color you want. Then apply the wood stain to the rocking chair with a lint-free cloth or a synthetic brush. Use a foam brush for hard-to-reach spots. Remove excess stain. For a deeper color, you can apply a second coat after two hours. Remove excess stain and let it dry for 24 hours.

Step 3: Protect your work using Polycrylic Protective Finish aerosol spray. After shaking the can for two minutes, hold it vertically and spray it in even, sweeping motions. Apply at least three coats, sanding lightly between each. Let dry for 24 hours.

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