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Minwax Rustic Beige Stain

Curious how Rustic Beige stain will look on your wood project? It’s not easy to tell how stain will looked in person compared to the small swatch on the can.

Rustic Beige stain contains cool and warm tones which makes it a greige or a neutral color. The stain color blends with existing home decor and colors in your home.

Every stain will appear slightly different depending on the type of wood that your are working with.

Rustic Beige Stain Undertones

As with any stain the final color will appear slightly different on each type of wood. I’ve used this stain on several projects and it has turned out great each time.

Rustic Beige stain is a mix of gray and beige forming a greige stain color. Even though this stain leaves a warm finish, it can soft and tone down red or orange tones.

This stain feels warmer due to the beige undertones, yet feels cool because of the gray mixed into it.

rustic beige stain

The stain color might will pull more gray on porous woods because the wood absorbs more of the stain. I stained an old cutting board with Rustic Beige and it turned out slightly more gray than I excepted because the wood absorbed the stain.

Make sure to test a small area of Rustic Beige stain to see how the color will turn out on your wood project.

Tips to Using Rustic Beige Stain

Before using any stain you should always use a stir stick to carefully mix the color of the stain.

If you skip this step, you may end up with an uneven stain color on your project. Test the stain on a piece of scrap wood before wiping it onto your final project.

Rustic Beige stain does appear very dark gray in the can, but don’t worry it applies much light than it appears inside of the can.

rustic beige stain

I typically wipe the stain on with an old rag in the same direction of the wood grain then immediately wipe it off.

The directions on the Minwax can recommend leaving the stain on for 5-15 minutes to allow the stain to penetrate the wood.

I haven’t tested this method, but this might give you a darker or more gray look if that is what you are going for.

This stain looked great on my wood shelf after only one thin coat of stain. So, after the first coat dried I applied clear protective coat of polyurethane.

I recommend using a water-based polyurethane since this is a lighter stain color. An oil-based polyurethane may cause the stain to darken over time, so that would be better suited for darker stains.

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Paint Colors that Pair with Rustic Beige Stain

  • Moderne White – This isn’t another boring white paint color, Moderne White is a light shade of greige that compliments existing flooring and furniture.
  • Agreeable Gray – The name of this color describes it perfectly because it agrees with any interior.
  • Grey Green– Grey green paint is the modern version of sage green. It acts as a muted version of green with gray undertones.

To see more wood gray stains take a look at this helpful post from Pine and Popular.


You can’t go wrong with Rustic Beige stain for any of your wood projects. This stain wipes on light enough, so you can apply multiple coats or create a custom stain. Custom stains are a great way to find your perfect shade of stain.

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