Small staining jobs often fall by default to the carpentry crew, many of whom hate to paint. Enter Wood Finishing Cloths. There are no brushes to clean or cans to knock over: Just wipe with the pre-soaked cloth and remove the excess with a clean cloth. We tested one against a liquid Minwax stain and the results were comparable, though the colors weren’t an exact match. Cost: $9 for a pack of eight. Minwax, 800.523.9299,

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