Step 4: Stain and Paint
I wanted to get a really nice distressed finish on the star, so I started by applying a generous coat of stain. I used Minwax "Natural" stain and applied using a cheap brush, I let it soak in for about 5 minutes and wiped down all the edges with a rag to ensure I didn't get drip marks or streaks. Then I let it sit overnight before wiping it down one last time.
Next I applied a coat of yellow acrylic paint to the front of the star. You could use any color paint, but this paint I found was the exact color I was going for so I didn't have to do any mixing. I let the paint dry for about 30 minutes before moving on to the next step.