I am making a nightstand out of birch.
I was originally going to use GF milk paint but my wife decided she wanted whitewash stain.
So I tried GF whitewash stain on a test piece. I sanded it with 220 grit and it felt pretty smooth.
I applied the stain and the grain really raised a lot.
So I sanded with 320 grit and it took off a lot of the stain.
I put on another coat of stain and it looks ok but still the grain is a little rough.
I rubbed it with a brown paper bag and that helped some.
I am going to finish it GF water based poly top coat, maybe that will smooth things out some more?
Any other things I should try?
-- Joel, Encinitas, CA